Blasting your resume will hurt your job search

1 04 2011

You can ask any recruiter, internal or external, if they have a list of candidates who they know by name and will “NEVER CONSIDER FOR ANY OPPORTUNITY” and I’m sure they will tell you they have a list. Our firm has a list of candidates we by heart who apply for every opportunity we post. I’m not sure how they do it but it seems as though they have a program written to apply every time there is an update on our career page. These candidates will never be submitted for any position that I am working on.

Just think about it for a minute. Today’s recruiters are able to store every resume that is ever presented to them. They can then go and conduct a key word search for each job that they are working on, thus producing a list of candidates who may be qualified for the position. If they have your resume then they will call you if you are a match. If not, they will not waste your time.

I suggest limiting your submissions to every 6 months with any company. This is enough time most companies will assume that you have found a new opportunity and would only reapply if you were still looking.

Aside from annoying your potential employer, you are also sending a message that you are not willing to fully read the job descriptions that they have posted, so why should they read your resume. There is no one person who is ideal for every opportunity within any company. While I’m confident there are some CEO’s who could do any job within their company well, there is no way that they would work for the pay offered at each position.

Your resume submission is your first opportunity to meet a company. Make sure that it’s a meaningful conversation and you are only asking for a meeting to discuss a position that you are truly ideal for. Blasting our resume will only help the recruiter recognize your name and associate it with the “Not Interested” stack of resumes in their trashcan.

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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!