Archive for October, 2009
He completely lost me at “sir”.
It was his first chance to make a lasting impression and he totally blew it.
Clearly stated in the job description was “accurate, detail oriented, excellent communicator…” and “please contact Heather Gardner direct for immediate consideration.”
Had he taken the time to look me up, he would have known…. Oh “Bing” or “Google” me please!
It’s so easy to lose out on an opportunity by making a simple yet costly mistake. In this example he assumed Heather Gardner was male, he was being lazy or he just wasn’t paying attention.
Applying to open jobs is an important thing to do during an active job hunt. Keeping track of who you respond to is even more important! Get the name wrong might just cost you the job. Which resume version you sent and when will help you be prepared so when the recruiter pre-screen call comes, it will likely turn into an interview.
You can’t over do “attention to detail” when corresponding with a perspective company, hiring manager, recruiter or human resource professional. It could make or break your chances of being considered for a role.
SEND a “Thank you” regardless of whether you got the job. Not only is it key to make an excellent first impression, but that last bit of communication is important as well. Keep yourself on top of mind with that hiring manager that didn’t offer you the job, because who knows what doors that might open in the future.
Having trouble keeping track?
Are you sending out introduction letters with the person’s wrong name? Get help! I always recommend http://www.jibberjobber.com/login.php as an excellent CRM tool for the active job seeker. JibberJobber.com has some pretty sophisticated components and offers webinars all the time. There’s a free and premium version. I suggest you get on track because an excel spread sheet only goes so far…
What tools are helping you to keep up with the Kardashians during your job hunt?
Would you hire Gladys Kravitz?
Gladys Gravitz was the infamous “know-it-all” snoopy neighbor on Bewitched. If you are unfamiliar with her character, you can read more about her here.
I was channeling Gladys Gravitz the other day when I read this Job Posting:
“Seeking super smart person to join our wildly successful global team. Proven track record of brilliant thinking, complex problem solving and must be absolutely fabulous in most ways. Needs to have great fashion sense, superb innovation skills and be a good communicator with others. Team player, bright and overall a really nice person.
For immediate consideration send resume with salary expectations and cover letter to: email@example.com
No phone calls please, this company is confidential”
As I read through it I kept thinking…
“OMG, that’s ME. I’m perfect for that role! I’m the perfect candidate!!!!”
Now let’s back up here. How did I really know I would be the BEST suited for that role. Honestly, would I make the ‘perfect’ candidate for that job? How do I really know?
In reality, here’s what I DON’T know:
- Role exactly, title, etc.
- Pay Range
- Travel required
- Size of company
- Public or private
- Company location
- Who does this position report to?
- Company culture
- Experience level
- Growth path
- Financial stability of company
- Product/service… what does this company do exactly?
….. and the list can go on and on…..
If I send my resume, cover letter and salary expectations I may actually position myself “out of consideration”.
By presenting myself in a way that they “aren’t” looking for.
To give you an example. If I chose to divulge my salary expectations and it’s 100K and the job pays 50K, what are they going to think? My resume will go into the “out of the price range” pile, better known as the trash basket.
It’s easy to believe that you would make the perfect candidate, but it’s also important to realize that YOU have to position yourself accordingly during your very first contact with this company.
Qualifying an opportunity before presenting yourself as the right candidate gives YOU the leg up on everyone else who applies blindly. AND you will show that you care about the role by researching and doing your homework. There is nothing worse than a “I have no questions” candidate. It’s okay to ask questions, as long as they are smart and show you’d make a good hire.
For an ad like this, try to figure out as much information before hand as you can. You can do key word searches in Bing and Google and see if you can find it posted somewhere online WITH the company name. If that doesn’t work, try replying to the blind email address with a clever “call to action” that will entice them to reply back. This is something that takes a little ingenuity. Sometimes if you’re lucky, the true email address may show up or you might get a reply with a name attached to it.
Think of yourself as a job search DETECTIVE (hey, cool blog title there). Find and gather as much information as possible. Knowlege is key.
If all else fails, you might have nothing to lose by applying blindly, but don’t feel bad or rejected if no one replies to you. Since you have no clue who/what/where or when about this ad, it’s kind of a crap shoot. Like a slot machine – but hopefully without losing money 😉
Remember it makes sense to QUALIFY the opportunity as much as possible before positioning yourself as the PERFECT candidate. You just might be, but the more information you can find out ahead of time the better your chances are of making sure your first line of contact says so too.
Would you like to hire Glady Kravitz?