10 Exclusive reasons why your job application gets rejected and what you should do

You have sent very many applications, but every time your application is always rejected right away and thrown to the bin. There are mistakes that you make that can be avoided to that your application can get a chance of being noticed.

Most of the reasons why job applications are just thrown away are within your control though some few are beyond your control. We are going to breakdown 10 reasons why you get rejected every time you apply for a job and what you can do to solve that.

1. Careless application letters. The first thing an employer looks at is the cover letter/application letter, it’s therefore the first thing that makes your application go to the ‘NO’ pile. Generic cover letters, Poor grammar, spelling mistakes, too wordy, 2 Page Job application letter, formatting issues all make your application to be rejected.

Learn how to write good application letters; avoid generic application letters but use application letters with words targeting advertised jobs, check grammar and spelling and use recommended formats.

Read: How to write a good job application letter in Uganda

2. Poor Quality Resumes. Your resume has 5 pages, it fronts useless information like your religion and hobbies instead of bringing skills and experiences first, using wrong formats of writing CVs that are old fashioned or nonexistent, all lead your application to land into the bin.

Learn how to write a good CV, bring relevant information and omit irrelevant information. Make it short with a minimum of 2 pages. Read: How to make a good Curriculum Vita for Job application.

3. You were not fit enough for jobs that you applied for. Rude as it may sound, but the truth might be that you did not possess the qualities that employers were looking for. Qualities that employers want are stipulated in the job requirements clearly. Education levels, level of experience, skills possessed, age etc. The reason why you were rejected is probable that you did not qualify.

The first thing that you need to do, read the job requirements before applying, if you do not qualify you ill be rejected, it’s wise that you do not waste your valuable time.

IMPROVE yourself and make yourself fit for the job, acquire skills that most employers want through self education and short courses, get professional licenses for the sake of those professionals that require practicing licenses like nurses and mid-wives in Uganda. Also look for jobs that you qualify for.

Read: 10 Skills that you need to have to get a job easily in Uganda

4. You have been unemployed for too long. The truth is, the longer you take to get a job, the harder it becomes. Employers do not prefer employing people who have been unemployed for a half a decade or more. The reason is, an employer asks himself why others have not been able to employ you, why have you been always rejected?

The best way to solve that is to take that low paying job or even volunteering in reputable organization to get that necessary experience that employers need. Such jobs much as many not pay or may not pay much but help you acquire skills, learn how the industry works and even help you get job connections in addition to filling the employment gaps in your CV.

5. You didn’t know how to sell yourself. You have academic qualifications, working experience, required skills but did you make the employer realize that? Did you show him that you are the person he is looking for? Did you tell him what you achieved at your past employments? If you were the employer and you a look such a CV that you are holding, would you employ that person?

Brother/Sister, blow your own trumpet, write a CV as a marketing tool not a diary book talking about events in your career. Indicate where you worked and what you helped them achieve. The tasks you did and additional skills you learnt. If you received any awards at your work place, like employee of the month/year, mention it!

6. You were too qualified for the job. Unemployment forces people to look for jobs that they are even overqualified for. A job is calling for Certificate holders, but applicants are parading their diplomas and degrees. When you are over qualified, an employer thinks about three things: the first one is you won’t settle for the minimum pay that they are giving, you will be pressurizing them to increase your salary to your qualification standards, secondly, you have failed to get a job that you are qualified for and he asks himself; Why? The third one is he knows that you will be moving on once you get a job of your level and qualifications. That is why he will have you rejected.

Look for jobs of your qualifications and focus more on every single application that you make.

Read: Places where jobs opportunities are listed in Uganda

7. Too much competition in the industry. The job you are applying for has a lot of competition; there are too many candidates interested in it. A company calls for application of two vacancies and receives more than 3000 applications. In this case companies either shortlist the best of the best which will make you miss out of when you were good for the job, or some companies once they realize that they finished getting their target number of people to shortlist, they put the remaining applications in the trash pile even before opening them.

Look for as many opportunities as available to increase on your chances of getting shortlisted. Apply also for low market jobs which might be in remote locations or hard to do. These have low competition and chances of getting through are high. Jobs advertised in Bundibugyo and Karamoja district have less competition compared to jobs in Kampala district.

8. You were not too interested in it. It’s common when individuals keep unemployed for a long time, the lose morale in applying and no longer concentrate to follow the procedures when applying for jobs. They just put their applications anywhere they find an opening just in case they are called, they come and work. This attitude makes them fail to do their part clearly thus will have their applications thrown out and they will be taken not to be serious.

Spend time looking jobs that are interested, put more effort like the efforts you used to apply when you had just graduated, make a perfect and updated CVs again, apply, and make a follow up. Whenever you are writing a cover letter, show interest in work with the company that you are applying to.

9. Company sourced internally. Most companies like getting workers from their own structures especially when looking for higher level employees (managers). They like employing people who are well acquainted with the company culture. The nature of the company might however force them to advertise the vacancy externally when they are already sure that they will get the qualifying candidate from within the company. No matter how good you are, you will not get through.

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do in this case.

10. Ask for a feedback. You might find that there is none of the above points that apply to your case. The only alternative is to email or call the employer and politely ask him why you were rejected. One employer might sound rude, another one might give you a generic answer ‘you were not fit’ while a generous one will tell you in detail why you were not selected and you can focus on solving that weakness.