Recruitment: the five reasons you didn’t get an interview

Sick of rejection letters? Applying for a new job — particularly in government circles — is a particular skill. Learn from the losses to improve your application.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your application and for your interest in this position. Your application has now been considered and I regret to advise you that your application was unsuccessful on this occasion. We appreciate your interest in working for our organisation.

Sound familiar?

It can be gut-wrenching to receive a rejection email or letter for a job you had your heart set on. The time spent compiling the application, editing your resume and composing a cover letter suddenly seems to have been a wasted effort. The stockpile of rejection letters wouldn’t make matters any easier.

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