Not Getting a Job Interview? Try This

There is an interesting phenomenon that takes place when you have a corporate recruiting team and a local hiring manager in a different city.  It goes like this.sad-job-search

Local Hiring Manager – Has an open position and needs it filled, so local hiring manager creates a job description and sends it to the corporate recruiting team for fulfillment.  The job description lists candidate skills, education, experience, etc…

Corporate Recruiter – Gets said job description and creates a job posting. Job posting gets posted to company career page, and posted to outside job portals (Indeed, SimplyHired, Monster, Etc).

Job Candidate 1 – Finds job posting and submits resume and waits……never hears anything back

Job Candidate 2 – Finds job posting and submits resume.  Gets call from recruiter, never hears anything again.

Job Candidate 3 – Finds job posting and submits resume.  Prints off resume, places it in a nice folder with a cover sheet highlighting why they are perfect for the job.  Get dressed in nice clothes and takes resume to companies local office and hands it to the Hiring Manager.  Says, “Hello, I heard you had open positions and would like to drop off my resume for consideration”.

Local Hiring Manager – Reviews resume and calls Job Candidate 3 for an interview.

Job Candidate 3 – Has a new job Job

Local Hiring Manager – Very happily calls recruiter to close job opening.

So what happened here?

What happened is the recruiter was looking for the perfect candidate that met all the criteria the hiring manager placed in the original job description.  Since no candidate met all the criteria, the corporate recruiter never sent any candidates to the local hiring manager to review.

We see this all the time.  There are a lot of instances where I get messaged and a candidate says, “I am perfect for this job, I have been doing this for over 20 years, but I haven’t been contacted”.  I happy-job-searchreply and say, “Print off a resume tailored for the position.  Then make a cover sheet explaining why you the right person and go into your experience and specialized skills.  Now dress in interview clothes and go drop off your resume at the local office.”  Many times we have gotten a message back where they got an interview on the spot or got the job on the spot.

In many of these instances they may have not had the exact degree listed in the job description, or there was some other criteria the recruiter felt the candidate was lacking, but that the Hiring Manager would be willing to overlook for someone with the right experience or skill.  If your resume never makes it to the local Hiring Manger you won’t get the job.  So if you know that the corporate office is in New York, but the job posting is for Dallas, there is a good chance that the recruiter is in New York and the Hiring Manger is in Dallas.   This distance means there is no back and forth banter between the Hiring Manager and recruiter.  The recruiter only knows what’s in the Job Posting, so if you don’t meet every single bit of the criteria in the job description your resume never makes it to the Dallas Hiring Manager.

So if you are perfect for a position, try this:

  1. Customize your resume for the job. Make sure to look at any and all requirements, skills, education, certifications, etc and if you meet them make sure your resume reflects it towards the top.
  2. Make a custom cover sheet for the job explaining why you are perfect for the position. If you don’t have the exact degree maybe explain a skill you have that makes up for it.
  3. Submit them to the online job posting, but don’t wait.
  4. Now put on some nice clean interview worthy clothes.
  5. Drive to the local office.
  6. Politely introduce yourself to the front desk person, secretary, or whoever is there, and tell them you’re in the job market and heard they had some open positions.  Ask them if they would accept your resume for consideration.
  7. Land the job because your resume actually got to the local office when the others submitting online didn’t.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

Resume Tips – Land your dream job today

We get messaged a lot on the LEETjobs Facebook pages with people asking advice about their resume.  Or how should they apply to a certain job etc.  So we wanted to address some of this in this article. You can have the best resume for each job post with just a little work.

leetjobs resume tipsBefore we go into the resume tips, I really want to stress that the purpose of a good resume is only to get an interview.  The interview is where the rubber meets the road, and based on research knowing all the answers to all the questions isn’t the most important factor to getting the job.

The number one factor on whether you land the job is personality. Let me stress and rephrase this again, your personality will be the primary thing considered when the hiring team decides they want you on their team or not.

At the end of the day 2 people with great personalities go head-to-head for a job, the one with the most job knowledge wins for sure.  Here is the catch, if the most knowledgeable person came across as aloof, a know-it-all, or generally had a miserable personality, they will be discounted outright and looked over.  The reason is each hiring manager is thinking of the team as the make hiring decisions, not to mention they are thinking about who they want work with, hang with at the office Christmas party, and deal with day-to-day.

“I can train anyone to do this job in a few weeks, but I can’t teach a person with a bad attitude to be a team player in a lifetime”.

Okay on to the resume tips.

Tips

  1. Keep it simple – Your resume needs to be no more than 2 pages, and use plain English a high school grad can comprehend. Those fancy words will do little to impress and may actually hurt you.
  2. Modify your resume for the opening – When hiring managers are handed a stack of resumes from their recruiter, they quickly scan them trying to pick out key words. If they find them your resume goes into a stack for further review, if they don’t find them your resume gets filed in the waste basket.  Review the job opening and read it closely.  Pick out keywords, certifications, experience, etc.  Make sure your resume contains the same keywords, certifications (if legit) as the job post.  A generic one-size-fits-all resume won’t get you anywhere in today’s labor market. Ever heard of wordle.net? If not try using it on the content of a job opening, then your resume.  The bigger the keywords are for the job opening, the bigger those same keywords should be for your resume.
  3. Spelling, Grammar, Typos – Hey if you can’t get it right on your resume….
  4. Talk accomplishments and actions, not duties – What sounds better?
    1. Responsible for managing 200 computers and 180 users
    2. Successfully maintained 99.99% service availability on campus area network consisting of 200 systems and 180 users in 24×7 mission critical environment
  5. Social Media #1– If you post racy or questionable things on your social media accounts, make sure your privacy settings are such that a potential employer googling you won’t see your nude Resume Examplehot tub party pics. Look we support your 1st amendment but if on social media you look out of control chances are it will hurt your job search.
  6. Social Media #2- Use Social Media to your advantage. Establish a very specific career focused LinkedIn account, blog about your career field etc. This makes a big difference, chances are they are looking you up these days. Consider your Social Media accounts an extension of your resume and use them to help you land your job.
  7. Don’t lie on your resume– Seriously don’t misrepresent yourself. It always comes back to bite you.
  8. Resume template – Your resume template should be as simple as possible. Fancy layouts and columns with neat fonts all work against you.  Here is why, many time resumes are put into a recruiting database system that can’t transpose your resume and your resume ends up an unreadable mess.

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