When hiring managers post jobs, many times they get many more applications than they care to go through. They want to find that needle in the haystack that is the perfect person for the job, but it can be incredibly tedious to go through a pile of applications.
Hiring managers look for things to weed out people who are unlikely to be successful in the job. They also want to get the hiring process over as soon as possible, especially if the position has been vacant for a while.
Don’t make your application one of the first ones discarded. Read more
Landing an interview for a position in a giant organization can feel impossible if you don’t have any personal connections. People often blame the sheer volume of resumes that are submitted – HR simply can’t review them all with enough detail to see what a perfect candidate you are!
And this is partially true – one study suggests that recruiters spend only six seconds looking at each resume. However, many resumes are trashed before they’re even seen by human eyes. How is that possible? Read more
I often mention in my posts why it’s important to belong to job search networking groups. That is because I am the founder and facilitator of 2 such groups. For the last 5 years, I have met with job searchers in various stages of their search. The members represent different industries and roles. The thing they all had in common was their job search stress and frustration. Read more
I had a cup of coffee with someone that is currently looking for a new job. He’s an executive level professional that has been very successful in his career, recently took advantage of a buyout opportunity, and is a couple of weeks into his job search.
As we were talking about his progress so far, he talked about a challenge he’s facing that is extremely common among unemployed job seekers…. Family and friends put expectations on him since he has so much “free” time available while he’s unemployed. Read more
Quite a while ago, I wrote a piece titled…
In it, I made the case that people aren’t truly affected in their job search by various forms of discrimination as commonly as they may think they are. Read more
People that have been highly successful in their careers often have a difficult time landing a new position. They’ve achieved great things, they’ve been elevated to roles of great responsibility, everyone that knows them assumes they will be snatched up quickly, yet months go by and still no offers seem to be materializing. Read more
One of the challenges that keeps many job seekers from accomplishing much for their job search from day to day is that they don’t know what to do next!
They may have a networking meeting, interview, or a few calls planned for the day, however, when that’s done, they are often at a loss as to what they could do next. Read more
Guess what? Older workers get jobs. It might take a little more time for a myriad of reasons from your salary demands to your own lack of imagination about the kind of work you’re applying for, but employers really aren’t out to shun workers over 50.
They do want grown-ups in the shop. We tend to be loyal, even-keeled, reliable. We bring intangibles to the workplace from experience to a vast network of connections. These are not something the whippersnapper cohort can even dream to do at this stage in their lives. Read more
There are two kinds of harmful gaps in a job search. They are a lack of experience and a lack of skills. Both seem like insurmountable barriers because you can’t gain experience without work and it takes time to acquire skills. And yet, there is a way to bridge the gaps so long as you are willing to take off your fuzzy slippers. Read more
The answer is “no.” You shouldn’t blindly submit your materials. But, not because a company won’t accept them. They will. However… Read more