How I was looking for people. Part 1. "I'm sending a letter to you"
- The reasons why your resume may be deleted without even being looked through.
- Three “teeny-tiny things” that would keep you from finding a job.
HOW I WAS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE. PART 1. “I’M SENDING A LETTER TO YOU”.
My regular task is filling vacancies. This time some respectful company wants office workers of different specializations. I post the vacancies on various employment web-sites, after a couple of hours I check my mail and start having fun. Through tears.
Subject of rejoicing No. 1
I open my mailbox. Have a glimpse at the received letters – there’re lots of them, but the field “From” makes me stumble: Robby N crazymouse@... pussycat@... jennybabydoll@... Mr.bigjack@... Phoebs Blabla12321@...
Starting to have doubts of my own mental capacity I check the text of my posted vacancies – could I have written something coaxing people into joking like this? Nothing of the kind. The positions are serious, the style is intentionally conventionally meagre. I tick those letters for deletion. I’m not going to read them. I know this is wrong. There might be a super-resume of a super-pro and the e-mail might belong to his/ her teen-aged child. But I DON’T CARE. I’ve got over a hundred of other letters.
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Subject of rejoicing No. 2
I take another glimpse at the field “Subject”. Are you kidding me? Why do you think I was asking to state the position name in my posted vacancies? I’ve got THREE vacancies and there’re over a hundred of job-seekers. At least 50 of them believe I was joking and state in the subject field “Resume”, thinking that this word would be more than enough for such a stuck-up moron like me, and it is my problem to find out which position exactly is the one the person is applying for. Guess, what resumes will I read first? That’s right, the ones that contain the position name in the subject field. Guess, what am I going to do with the others?
Subject of rejoicing No. 3
Most of the resumes are sent with the letters as file attachments. That’s fine and could be rather convenient, if… all these files didn’t have the same name. Wanna guess? Right you are! They are called “RESUME” (resume, Resume, My resume and some more variants). Have you ever tried to open or save two files with the same name or to find the one you want out from 50? Being a job-seeker you send just one file. Do you really think it is more difficult for YOU to give one file a right name than it is for ME to rename 50? Just one fifth of the resumes contains the candidate’s name. Oh, here’s a “gem” amongst them – “Resume Maggie.doc”. To the recycle bin.
I HAVEN’T TOUCHED THE RESUMES CONTENTS YET AND I’VE GOT ONLY 15 LEFT OUT OF A HUNDRED. DO YOU THINK I’M A NAGGER?
But I’m not. This company like many others doesn’t need workers lacking common sense. And their experience or personal qualities make no difference here.
Being the person who is the first to decide whether or not you’re going to work here I’d like to give you some recommendations:
1.When sending a resume, please, have a look at the sender’s name and the e-mail address. When searching for a job it would be better to get a special mailbox with a neutral-business address. If somebody else sends your resumes at your request – make sure he sends them from your “business” box.
2.No matter whether you’re asked or not – MAKE SURE to state your name and the name of the vacancy in the subject field.
- Resume Smith
- Resume for manager
- Manager. Smith. Resume.
The last one is obviously easier to find amidst the other letters. Moreover, there’s one teeny-tiny harmless manipulation – this formulation shows you consider yourself to be hired already as a manager :)))
3.Change the file name with your resume according to the e-mail title.
ALL THIS SEEMS TO BE AS EASY AS ABC AND SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN EVEN TALKED ABOUT…
But I didn’t read 84 resumes out of 100. Ever. Incompetent and silly of me? Maybe, I’m not going to argue. But I just didn’t. You can read about how the things moved on further here - How I was looking for people. Part 2. “I opened a resume… and closed it at once”.