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Job Seekers – pause here!

This is not going to be a post about how to create a resume.  You can Google resume and come up with plenty of websites that will tell you how to make a resume, and some websites that will do it for you! 

This post is a small set of tips for those newbies to the job-seeking world.  They may be students looking for a part-time job or college grads ready to enter the professional world.  What I’m told is these young adults are not taught the skills they need until they have already needed them!  That bothers me.  In fact, that’s why I have a folder full of surprising emails that I use for reference on this blog!

Here are a few tips that I would like to pass along.  They are not law, they are not absolute, and they may not even be agreed upon by others in the field of Human Resources.  What I can tell you though, is that these are things that I encounter EVERY DAY and cause people to get or not get jobs with my company.

1.  Get a resume together.  Have someone proofread it.  Have someone ELSE proofread it.  Now keep it updated!    p.s. – be honest  Nothing will get you fired faster than an employer discovering you lied on your resume.

2.  LOOK FOR JOBS!  They are out there, but they usually won’t come and find you.  Try Monster.com, Yahoo jobs, state and county job banks, job boards for industries that interest you, etc.  You can even find jobs posted in the Thrifty Nickel! 

3.  APPLY for jobs.  When you apply, please, PLEASE send in a cover letter written like a cover letter.  Attach your updated, proofed, and honest resume.  Do not, under any circumstances, submit a cover letter that looks like a text message!  

4.  Follow up.  We recruiter-type people are human.  We do make mistakes.  We occasionally overlook a message.  If you have applied and have not heard back within a few weeks, please follow-up.  In an earlier post I mentioned that my husband got a job BECAUSE he followed up. 

In your job-seeking endeavors, be sure to ask for help.  Lots of people have done this before and will be glad to give you pointers.   You don’t have to go it alone.

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A word about applications

In case you didn’t know, an on-line application is just as serious as a paper one. 

That means that we want to know about you and your work history.  In our electronic world, many forms indicate which fields are required and which are optional.  In an application, it is better to include more information than not enough. 

Just because a section isn’t “required”, doesn’t mean you should skip it.  If you check that you have 5 years of experience in sales, and 7 years experience in accounting, I STILL want to know what your responsibilities were.  Maybe include where you worked.  Perhaps tell us how long you were employed.

Check boxes are a quick way for us to see if you have the required number of years of service in a certain field.  Beyond that, we want details man!

Keep in mind that not all companies request or even accept resumes.  When an application is the only way to introduce yourself and your skills, be sure that your introduction is complete!

Happy Applying!

The best part

Every once in a while someone reminds me that recruiting can be a very fun business.  Recently I made a few offers and received this in response:

“Wooooooooot!  Yes, yes, yes!”

and this:

“Woo Hoo Hot Dog!”

AND this:

“YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ! I would love to :)”

What a wonderful feeling.  This is the best part of my job.  Thank you for making my week!

Bridge Burning 101

As the well-known proverb says, “Don’t burn your bridges behind you.”  It may have started as a military saying.  However, anyone with a job (at least I thought this before working in my field) knows this applies DIRECTLY to the work world.  You never know when you might want to go back to that other company.  Even better – that boss at your old job might come work at your NEW company!  GASP.  In either case, let’s hope you left on good terms!

What I find is that job seekers today haven’t heard that advice.  Or, if they have heard it, they don’t heed it.  Now I don’t proclaim to be the all-controlling-job-giver.  Nope.  That’s not me.  But I’ll tell you this, if someone is ugly with me, I remember it.  To make sure I remember it, I’ll make a note on the application that the person was ugly.  I’ll also note just HOW ugly they were.

eat my shit you little slut

shutup

You people are idiots

I don’t do this to be spiteful.  I do this because I work in customer service.  I do this also because I’m sick to death of bad service from stores, restaurants, sales people, etc.  If someone can’t be civil to me, the person who holds the keys to their next desk, what in the world will they do when they get an angry customer on the line?  I shudder to think about it!

Please, remember that we are all human.  Yes – even recruiters.  It pays huge dividends to be kind.  A little patience is nice too.

Are you EVER going to contact me?

I am a grammar snob

Yesterday I told a friend that I wouldn’t be reading emails from “John Smith” any longer.  That is, until someone teaches him to write.

I’m embarrassed.  I actually said this.  Of course, I said it to a friend.  And I said it in confidence.  But the sad part is – I meant every word.

After we finished our conversation it occurred to me – I am a grammar snob!

My grammar is far from perfect.  Frankly, spell check is my friend because it catches my mistakes and points them out before I hit “send”.  However, if it can do it for me, why can’t it do the same for this professional person in a leadership position in my city?

And just HOW did this happen to me in the first place?  I’m a pretty down to earth type of person.  High maintenance, uppity, pompous, and other unflattering phrases like that aren’t what I proclaim to be.  (a little support here please?)

Look at that sentence up there.  I even end sentences in prepositions!  How can I be a grammar snob?

However it happened, it happened.  I can’t help it.  It hurts my head to read messages with glaring grammar mistakes.  It really hurts my head to see bunches of mistakes in the same message.  I draw conclusions that can’t be right.  But it keeps happening.  And even worse – I keep pointing it out to others!  ACK!

Maybe it goes back to me being a hyper-sensitive people pleaser.  Mistakes get to me, and they get to me fast.  I also worry what other people might think if I send them a message with mistakes throughout.  So, I fret about my correspondence being ultra-correct so that others aren’t offended by typos I might have made.  (I suspect they aren’t)

This just goes to show you that you never know who you’re dealing with when submitting that next job application.  Keep in mind that I, or someone as weird as me, might be on the receiving end of that resume.  The moral of this story…proof accordingly!

14 emails and counting

I’m all for follow-up.  In fact, if it wasn’t for follow-up, my husband wouldn’t have gotten a great job with a great company that moved us closer to our family.  Turns out the company’s mass-production recruiting process lost his application somewhere along the way.  He followed-up and got the job just a few days after that.

HOWEVER…there is a point at which follow-up becomes annoying.  There is also a point at which it becomes stalking and I think I’m there now.  Someone call the authorities!!

Sometimes a good candidate comes out of the interview process and we don’t have a perfect place to put them at that very moment.  That doesn’t mean they’ve been forgotten.  Quite the opposite actually.  When openings come up, the FIRST thing I do is look through candidates who have not been placed.  I want to put them to work, really I do!  I have a system and it works pretty well if I do say so myself. 

One month ago I contacted a great candidate to let her know that we didn’t have an offer right then, but would get in touch just as soon as we had something for her.  There was no question in my email.  There were no maybes.  We’ll call – honest!  I guess that’s not good enough.  In the past month I have received FOURTEEN follow-up email messages from this person.  It’s more than a little creepy. 

One thing is certain – I will not be able to forget her name anytime soon.  Trust me when I say that this is NOT the way to get a recruiter to remember your name!

 

Research

Every job search book, article or website I have ever seen has standard tips for job-seekers.  One of those is to do your research on a company before you apply.  If not then, certainly do your research before you go to an interview.  Now I KNOW not everyone reads those articles.  If they did, I wouldn’t be here.

Apparently this guy didn’t get that memo:

“Who are you people?”

This was an email (yes, that was the entire thing) that greeted me this morning in response to an interview invitation.  Never mind that HE applied with US!  Oh – and forget the fact that my name and email address were included, along with the company name, logo AND website.  Yeah, forget that.  I suppose I could respond and tell him all about us, how to get to our website, and encourage him to learn more about the company.  But I won’t be doing that.  Neither will most any busy recruiter you encounter.  Oh by the way – he’s going in my “no pile”.