Is your incomplete application going straight into the recyle bin?

23 09 2010

I was just reading a great question presented by a LinkedIn connection of mine in a group that we share.  The question was, “Incomplete online applications, Do you give them consideration equal to completed applications?” The overall response from internal recruiters was overwhelmingly consistent.  Across the board, they were stating that they give less consideration to candidate who does not take the time to fully complete the online application.

This does come to a surprise to me.  When you are looking for a new job there is the tendency to start out and apply to as many opportunities as possible.  Most applications are done on line and it seems like they ask you everything.  They all start out by asking you to upload your resume.  The computer does its magic and “poof”, it fills in the entire job application, leaving you to just confirm and submit. I wish!

These systems always result in making you go through everything three times moving information into the proper boxes after the system placed it out of order.  It can be frustrating and make you say, “They are really only going to look at my resume anyway and it’s all on there.”

The reality is that most HR professionals are taking the lack of complete applications personally and perhaps sending your resume to the trash when your resume is good enough to be sitting in the short pile of resumes on the hiring manager’s desk.

You must understand where the frustration comes from.  The HR personnel are looking at you as a lazy employee.  You are creating work for them.  They will now have to call you and ask you information to fill in the blanks and then actually fill your application out before their system will let them move forward.  It wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t receiving hundreds of other resumes from candidates that are nowhere near as qualified as you, but it’s typically the case.

One thing I try to tell candidates that I speak with is the HR personnel are the “Gate Keepers”. They are human and have emotions, get tired at the end of their work day, have daydreams while at their desks, and are not interested in creating additional work for themselves.  Take care of the HR staff and they will take care of you.  Always complete your application or you may just run into one who is tired of doing your job.

You’re not only applying to a position with a company, you are trying to make a first impression!  Show you can follow through and do it on the first job you have with a company, your job application!

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