May the odds be evah in your favor.
Help me help you.
Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
These memorable lines from hit Hollywood movies could all be applied to the Recruiting Game. In fact, I could probably do a post of nothing but cinematic catch phrases to describe this dance.
You see, periodically while donning my recruiting hat I come face to face with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (I'm sorry – j'adore le cinema and couldn't resist!) and so thought I might share some previews with you.
Perhaps if you want a higher response rate to your job queries you could focus on the good below so you too can become a coming attraction.
Candidates in this group make the recruiter's job easier – much like Jerry Maguire they help me help you
- follow directions
- submit what the ad calls for
- include your contact info (yes on every piece of digital paper)
- be brief, to the point, show that you meet qualifications
- professional in language and style
- include white space on resume (so I can read it)
These people struggle: they might have been closer but in a competitive market they needlessly increase the distance between themselves and solid candidates.
As in The Hunger Games you're gonna need help with the odds if you fall into this group
- not stating qualifications
- referencing departed former employees (they can't help you anymore)
- open with “Dear Sir/Madam” (try just saying good morning, or hi)
- redundant info (I know I can get your references, thank you)
- extraneous info (I don't really care about your social life)
Frankly my dear I don't give a damn… I can see Rhett Butler turning and walking away (like any good Southern boy I idolize Rhett) when faced with these inexcusable candidates whose paper is now Gone With the Wind
- unrecognizable words (not typos – these are words that don't exist)
- slang or curse words (yes, it happens)
- mismatched fonts (what are you doing?)
- dissing your former employer
- multiple emails with no new info
- haranguing phone calls
If you'd like to get that leading role, or even a supporting part as you move forward in your career, you are going to have to think like a casting director and put yourself in the best light. Since I don't know you I can only rely on what you share.
Help me help you by ensuring your script is a good one so I can pass it on to the producers.