Having been on both sides of the interviewing desk many times over the years, I can appreciate the stress the recruiting process creates for both parties – the over-worked-and-under-appreciated recruiter and the on-pins-and-needles-am-I-going-to-get-this-job candidate. I’m moved today, though, to advocate for the candidate’s interests in one regard: common courtesy.
Dilemma #1: Volume, volume, volume
It has long been true that on-line job postings have made it too easy for applicants to click a button and bury a recruiter in a blizzard of resumes – many of which might not be even vaguely qualified. But it is also true that virtually every job board allows the recruiter to set up an automatic reply to acknowledge resumes received.
Resolution: By setting up an auto reply, the candidate will know his resume didn’t disappear into the black void of cyberspace without even getting to the employer.
Dilemma #2: “But they didn’t even bother to write a cover letter”
True story: I posted an opening recently for a professional sales position that stated “cover letter required.” Exactly two out of 84 applicants submitted cover letters.
Resolution: I’m with the recruiters on this one. Continue reading