Job application

Tips for avoiding disqualification in a job application process

Dear Sam: I have had four maintenance requests in the past six weeks. While this is encouraging, the application process may disqualify me as a candidate. The app reveals my age by asking me for my date of birth. I deal with the issue of age by reminding the interviewer that I don’t plan to retire for many years. When the app asks for my salary history, I answer honestly, potentially disqualifying me from the lower paying jobs I’m applying for. Should I leave my salary history blank? – Cal

Dear Cal: Salary issues are so delicate. The school of thought is that whoever raises the salary first loses. If you don’t have to include salary history data, I would avoid providing that information. Unfortunately, no matter how many requests require these fields, and if you complete the request online, sometimes the request will not advance to the next question without specific answers being completed. When this is the case, if there is space for comments – or if you have direct access to the employer via an introductory email or in-person interview – I would clarify that even if your history salary reflects a certain level, you are not seeking compensation within that range for your next role. Being honest and up front can only improve your chances in this case, as you feel you are disqualified on the sole basis of this information.

Now another thing you maybe can do is not to provide information on all the jobs you have had since you started your career. Make sure you read the language of the app carefully. If it requires you to get into any positions ever held, you have to, but maybe it only asks for 10 years or maybe the last 5 jobs. Just make sure that you don’t give out more information that is needed based on careful consideration of the app language. I understand, however, that when an app asks for your date of birth, there isn’t much you can do to not indicate your age. Sometimes i find that applicants expect to have to present “everything” on an application when the language does not require such details. Try to mimic the more strategic image you created on your resume whenever possible to ensure that the application does not constitute a potential disqualification. Good luck.

Dear Sam: Hope you can help! I am in a specialized field. I am a minister who needs to have my resume tailored for two different perspectives. Also, my understanding is that resumes these days are just one page. Am I right about this prospect? I wish I could use my resume to apply to a congregation to preach for and use my resume to apply for funding. I am in the process of starting a nonprofit organization and my lawyer told me I need to have a strong CV when writing for grants. One of my goals is to open a yoga and meditation studio in an underserved part of town. To get there, I must have funds. Thanks for the help! – Reverend

Dear Reverend: I love your passion and your desire to contribute to an underserved area of ​​your community. I think you can have a CV and achieve both of your goals, and you don’t have to stick to one page (this is a rule that has been obsolete for at least 15 years!). Since your background, community outreach work, and contributions to your congregation would be key selling points for securing grant funds, your resume positioning you as a minister will also work very well for securing grant funds. Your CV would be developed like any other in terms of adhering to today’s best practices, but you would of course have more room to include more personal elements such as your mission and vision, your outreach with the community and your personal experience. and maybe professionally with yoga meditation. Of course, you’ll need to balance that – at least for your fundraising audience – with showcasing your business skills and strengths to start an operation from scratch. I wish you good luck!

Samantha Nolan is an advanced personal brand strategist and career expert, Founder and CEO of Nolan Branding. Do you have a resume, career, or job search question for Dear Sam? Join Samantha at [email protected]. For more information on Nolan Branding services, visit or call 888-9-MY-BRAND or 614-570-3442.