HR Tip of the week – job searches, resumes, and applications

HR Tip of the week – job searches, resumes, and applications It’s a tough world out there.  Recruiters are even tougher.  How do I know?  It is part of my regular full-time job in HR.

Some items that may help improve your odds are to make sure you are doing the following things I look for when I am going through applicants: · Use spell check.  Please. Use spell check!  If you can’t properly spell the duties you have performed, then I wonder how well you perform them…

Make sure you are capitalizing words that need to be, like the first initial of your first and last name.  Simple things like that show me you at least kind of care.

Keep it simple.  No goofy or large fonts.  It hurts my eyes, and some fonts are not very professional looking.

If you are applying but are not local, include a cover letter that mentions you are willing to or planning to relocate.  If you are within commuting distance, it may be helpful to mention that you have commuted for years and love to drive.

If you are applying for a job with specific requirements like education, credentials, licensing or certifications – include that information in your resume.  I need to be able to verify you fulfill those job requirements so that we can move forward with considering you as a candidate.

No photos.  I don’t need your selfie or headshot to make a decision on whether you are qualified or not.

No offense, but don’t bother applying if you know you are not qualified.  I put the requirements in the job posting for a reason.

Don’t lie.  Don’t say you have an education, or five years of experience if you don’t.  Also make sure your experience is relevant to the job you’re applying for.  Otherwise, it isn’t applicable.

Cover letters are nice.  Just please make sure it is generalized for the type of job you’re applying for, and not a forwarded cover letter to the specific company for which you really wanted a job from.  For example: “Dear Disney recruiters” is not appropriate for a beverage manufacturer.

Use the cover letter to explain what your resume doesn’t.  Such as why you’re so interested in this job or organization, and what specifically you can bring to us that makes you an ideal candidate.  It is my duty as HR to protect my company by finding individuals that are not only a good match for the job, but a good match for the company’s reputation.

Include other documents if the application system allows it.  Attach copies of your diploma, certificates, or even references.

If you’re planning on changing your phone number, hold off on applying for jobs.  Or re-apply once you’ve changed your contact information.  It is an awkward call for us when you figure out how to get a hold of us, we are crunched on time as it is, and you wanted to let us know you changed your phone number… as we stare blankly at the hardly touched inbox or stack of resumes to review.

Use an email address that is work appropriate.  No silly nicknames, or anything that might make me feel awkward if I have to or want to send you an email reply.  Sexybear123 @ email domain dot com – I will definitely be taken back when I see it on my computer screen.

Don’t call us, we will call you.  Most recruiting systems will send out some kind of acknowledgement that your application and resume have been received.  Often we are recruiting for multiple roles, so it is not realistic for us to contact each person individually with a status update.  If we need to ask you for further information to continue pre-screening, or wish to move forward with an interview we will contact you.  When you call or email we appreciate your determination, however, we start to feel like we’re being stalked.

Know the process is not quick.  Unless we are put on a rushed timeline, most positions take at least a month to fill.  From screening, interviewing, and on-boarding it may take even longer depending on how much we have going on or how involved the company’s process is.

Keep trying.  It doesn’t hurt to get your name out there.  Realistically, it’s really all about timing.  The right job and career for you is out there, and everything will work out when it is supposed to. Good luck to all of you who are unemployed and seeking stability, or those who are looking to shift their current statuses.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or future topic idea and I will try to answer ASAP.  You can also email me at  Thanks for reading, and again, good luck!

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