I love my job – helping link talent to opportunity is very fulfilling and I love it when candidates take the time to read my advertisements and respond in the right way. There is nothing like flicking into a cover letter or a resume and seeing that someone has read the ad, thought about it and is really interested in the position. A well written, spell checked resume that ticks all of the boxes is a joyful thing and so is a cover letter that addresses the key criteria. You could almost say as a recruiter you get an adrenalin rush and you want to jump on the phone and interview them immediately! And I don't mind if you address the criteria in your personal statement at the beginning of your resume - that makes sense to me too.
However, I have spent the majority of today working my way through resumes and I have been left feeling very deflated – again.
I advertised a bookkeeper/administration role at the beginning of this week and I have received over 120 applicants. Now you would think that it should be an easy job to find at least a shortlist of three people from within that pool – how wrong could I be? The ad was succinct – it clearly spelled out what I was looking for, the client was thrilled with how it represented the role and showcased their business.
I have read every single cover letter and resume and here are some of the reasons the candidates were screened out:
Now you could say that I am being narrow minded but as a recruiter I am willing and able to think outside of the square and I still read every application. If you are genuinely interested but don’t quite match the criteria a cover letter explaining who you are and what you could bring to the role will definitely make me consider you.
You may not think it but I genuinely want you to get a job. For the majority of the applicants and in this case it was 114 of them – you did nothing to inspire me to want to engage with you – you didn’t care enough to read the ad properly and you didn’t care enough to respond in the correct way.
As an individual and a recruiter I truly feel that respect is a key component in the process – I respect you as a candidate and in return I expect you to respect me – take care to read the ad and reply appropriately – otherwise we all waste our time and energy. Target the right job, not just any job and in the right way and you will at least get an interview.