Apply On-line? Why bother?

I've spoken to so many frustrated job seekers about their experiences connected with applying for jobs they feel they're "perfect" for. Something is so wrong.

My most common advice is to cut 2/3 of the resume out and only leave in the key things that the job description asks for, making sure to describe those things in the exact same terms used in the job description.  Hopefully this will get your resume seen by someone who will call.  If the person who calls is not the hiring manager, there is no guarantee that he/she will understand what you do. It's not till you get to the hiring manager that you can really get to the meat and potatoes of what you do, and why you're the right person for the job. It's just humiliating to try and talk about this to the wrong person.  

And of course, you need to size up the hiring manager too.  You need to know what they like, what they need and most importantly, where they want to go. Because they are not going to hire someone who won't help them get there.  

But the process is a monster. A source used in this PBS video says that he knows of a company that received 29,000 responses to a job ad and the system found that not one person was qualified for the job.  That's because recruiting in human resources departments is often not done by HUMANS.



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