Why is My CV Being Rejected – A Battle of 11 Seconds

Battle Of 11 Seconds - AasimOnline.com

A nice sunny day. You came across a very good job posting. The job description matches exactly with your skills. You dropped your resume instantly to the mentioned email address, and start dreaming about your new workplace and salary perks. You are not considering the fact why is my cv being rejected?


You receive a rejection email after few days. You are wondering why is my cv is being rejected?

Now you are in an infinite loop of applying for a job and receiving a rejection email. You do not know what was wrong with my profile? Why I did not receive an interview call? What are the top CV writing tops that can land you your dream job?

What is going wrong? What should I do sot that I can get an interview call?

You are smart, skilled, 80% plus matched with the job description, your resume is full of your achievements, projects, and certifications.

Still a rejection without having a single invitation for an interview !!! WHY. WHY is my cv being rejected?

The reason is: You had lost the battle of 11 seconds.

(Sorry, what’s that? )

Yes, the battle of 11 seconds. Only 11 seconds.

The recruiters are rejecting your resumes within 10 seconds so that they can look into some other suitable resume.

(What !!!! why only 11 seconds? I have a lot of things on my resume. Detail of my ‘awesome’ projects, my past employments, my fancy ‘About Me’ section).

Yes, you have all these things in your resume, and that’s the problem too.

Studies show that the average recruiter or hiring manager spends 10 seconds reading a resume.

That’s right. 10 seconds. Now you can answer yourself why is my cv being rejected?

And the 11th second is the moment when he/she decides either to contact you or put your resume in a Bin.

Revise your resume again. Is it ready to win a battle of 11 seconds?

Don’t give up. Say thanks to Allah wherever you are, whatever you are doing. Improve your skills and resume, and keep trying. You will land your dream job one day (the day when Allah thinks is the right day).

Stay positive.

Comments 6

    1. But this is a fact. HR has 100s of resumes to review. Just open any job posting on LinkedIn and you will find 100s of applicants. If HR start reading each resume end to end, it will take weeks for them to review all of them. So they just skim through the CV in 7 , 8 seconds or max 10 seconds to know if the resume has potential or not?

    1. Soon I shall publish a post on this topic. Mainly, you should add your past experience, education and certifications. Your employment history should have a max of 3 to 4 bullets points. Remove the “About Me” section, as your whole resume is about you iteslf. Put your contact details at the top.

  1. My resume is on 4 pages. How can I shrink it? It has lot of information and I don’t know which part should I remove?

    1. I shall post some articles on how we can shrink our resumes? There are many sections in our resumes that do not add any value to our resumes.
      Pro-tip: resume the “About Me” section which we all are proud of. HRs don’t give a s*** to that section. I had a lengthy about me section, which I know no one ever read, other than me.

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