Fact: Job postings are presented because hiring managers want YOU to be the right candidate for an open position.
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The above posting remains active, unfortunately.
Our management team is in the initial phasing-out stage and what is going on is rather disturbing: When it comes to candidates seeking employment, professionalism and career etiquette are an ignored strategy.
Let’s begin with a showing of several email responses in their uncut, uncensored form to the job posting mentioned a few moments ago:
1. “im interested.” Evaluation: Grammar aside, responding to a job posting with two words is a slap in the face. By the way, no cover letter, resume, or sample was attached. Result: Not a chance to be part of our organization.
2. (No text at all) Evaluation: The prospective applicant submitted a dat. file which could not be viewed. No words were stated in the subject line; no words in the email at all. Our team replied with a Word of pdf format copy but a second dat. file was generously returned an hour later. Result: Do I really need to say?
3. (No introduction or attachments—simply copied and pasted a resume to the open field) Evaluation: Without a cover letter or introduction, the resume lacked a reason to read… not to mention the disfigured display. Result: Another easy no even though this applicant did appear to offer a few positive attributes which may benefit ECS. Unfortunately the lack of professionalism forced a quick and negative reaction.
4. Four candidates did not submit a copy of their resume… is this really happening?
Our team could continue highlighting what not to do but I believe you know where this is going without further confirmation.
Over all, over 35 candidates responded to the writing position thus far. A slight majority (63%) did not supply a cover letter or formal introduction;
meaning most simply pasted their resume without forethought or intent to be called for an interview.
A total of one candidate appeared to perform research on our organization and the position (company name and contact was clearly stated within the posting). I say one because only one mentioned our company mission and/or products/services we offer.
Career etiquette means a brief introduction as to the value, contribution, and support as to why the candidate makes a good fit.
Career etiquette means designing a resume specific to the job posting, organization, and industry.
Career etiquette means letting the hiring manager know you really want the position… by way of following up.
5. Speaking of following up, NOT one of the 35 candidates submitted a follow up note, call, letter, telegraph, smoke signal, or message by pigeon.
Evaluation: Hiring managers know nothing about the candidate other than the job posting response. By not displaying professional courtesy (providing a tailored cover letter, resume, and follow up), you place yourself at a distinct disadvantage instantly.
With so much on the line, it would be a pity a few moments of diligence got in the way between an ideal/dream job and reality.
As a rule:
* Compile a cover letter based upon the job posting and company research
* Send the resume as an attachment, Word or pdf
* Create the belief that you want the position by sending a follow up note, phone call, or both
* Professional courtesy will lift you above the many too busy on Twitter to show career etiquette
In regards to the open writing position, if you know of a writer in the Orlando area, send him or her my way. Before you do, make sure he or she follows proper career etiquette… or is that too much to ask?
Fact: Hiring managers desire the right information delivered in the right package and in the right way.
We’ll continue offering professional insight and review career marketing strategies so continue checking for the next submission. With this in mind, if you have career questions and would like a team of professionally certified writers and coaches input, don’t hesitate to ask.
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Danny Hufman, MA, CEIP, CPRW, CPCC
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