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February 08, 2008

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MMG

Interesting! This sounds more like something you would hear from a Gen Y/ Millenial with over-involved (helicopter) parents. But I guess the phenomenon is not limited to that. Thanks for clarifying for us all--we've got to apply for a position ourselves! (It sounds so simple, doesn't it?!)

HR Wench

Poor man. I bet his home life is the pits.

Susan

I find their approach rather unique. But please tell me you reviewed the resume thoroughly and made an objective decision to not consider the individual based on lack of qualifications/experience, and not because you did not appreciate the cover letter. If you did not do so, you are not qualified to be recruiting.

The Career Encourager

Susan -

Thanks for your comment. These days, most recruiters and hiring managers have stacks and stacks of resumes sitting in front of them. My goal with this blog is to help readers land in the short stack that get a chance to interview - that's the perspective I am coming from when I share stories about resumes/approaches that did not work.

As to whether I reviewed Bill's resume thoroughly, truth be told I did not give it more than a cursory glance for the following reasons:

1 - I review cover letters carefully for evidence of solid writing skills and ability to persuade/influence. For this particular position we had decided that those skills were critical. Because the candidate had not written the cover letter, I had no means to judge his writing skills.

2 - As with most hiring managers and staffing folks, the criteria get pickier and picker as the volume of resumes we receive go up. In this case I already had dozens of qualified candidates - more than I could possibly call - so I didn't want to expend any (unavailable) energy getting involved in a situation that came across as confusion.

3 - The candidate was from out of town and looking to relocate (well, at least his wife was). At this point in the game we were not conducting a national search because it appeared we would find a local candidate (always a first option when possible).

I share these insights in the hope that they will help job seekers adjust their search in order to stand out and get noticed. There are indeed a lot of unqualified recruiters out there who will miss out on great candidates. I am trying to help my readers successfully navigate those phases of the job search. So I would not be inclined to tell a job seeker "Don't worry about how you come across in your cover letter, because "qualified" recruiters will be willing to read between the lines of your unique approach and still review your resume thoroughly, and once they do so, they will be able to discern how great you will be at this job."

And as to whether this approach makes me qualified to do staffing
consulting... well, I will let my long-term clients be the primary judges of that. ;-)

Regards -
~ Career Encourager

How to Write a Cover Letter

This sounds really strange. I wonder if Bill even know that Janet even wrote that cover letter. Something going on there!

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OK, I think that you can allow someone from the company to get your resume in HR... I have had very good experiences with friends of mine who have helped me to get a job in their job places.

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