It has been quite a while since my last update and I know you guys have missed me. The reasonfor this hiatus was partly due to a few trips I have taken over the summer, but also largely due toan increased focus on looking for work. I have been trying hard to find work, and it isnteasy. This is because there is generally very little feedback for an application so it is difficult totell if it your approach that is not working, or just that you are not the right fit for a job.My wife, Sherri, however has recently seen the other side of a job search, as she has beenhandling CVs and application pre-screening at her workplace. This has given me a valuableinsight into my own job search.Top Free 28 Free sample cover letter for resumeFrom the insideFirst of all, Sherris organization posted 5 jobs on various job boards. From those jobs theyreceived well over 500 applications, many of which were bad, most of which were generic andlooked exactly the same. When an application really stood out, she made a note of it, because sheneeded some sort of criteria by which to grade the applications. When an application wasparticularly horrible she immediately rejected it.The goodSome applications stood out, and it was often little flourishes that helped with this. I would oftenget a phone call in the middle of the day saying "I saw someone do something on their resumethat looked really good. You should do this" Examples include:The subject line of the email. Most people just put down "application for Xposition". Generic. One person wrote "Interesting application for X position, take alook!" and it really stood out. It felt like someone she trusted was recommendingsomeone. Top of the pile.The schools logo. Most people list their education on their CV. One person, however,put a small image of their schools logo beside their education. It really stood out. Top ofthe pile.Talking about the company. Everyone talks about themselves in the cover letter. A fewtalked about the company. "X position caught my eye because of Y. I really like how Zcompany has accomplished *specific thing*, and feel that with my experience in blahblah, I could contribute to next years *specific thing*. " Shows the applicant didresearch and is interested in the company. Top of the pile.The badAddressing a cover letter to whom it may concern. In this particular case, the hiringmanagers name was included in the job posting. Usually if it isnt you can findit. Bottom of the pile.
Generic cover letter. Clearly copied and pasted from the last 5 applications. Highlightsskills that werent asked for, doesnt make mention of the company in any way. In adifferent job market it wouldnt be so bad, but with 500 competing applications? Bottomof the pile.Not including a cover letter. I thought everyone included a cover letter. Apparently theminority of applications do. Seriously. Having only a resume made it very difficult forher to identify the candidates skills. She could see a candidate worked in a place, but itwasnt obvious what the candidate was good at. Bottom of the pile.Dear company. My name is New Graduate and I am applying for the position of CEO. Iwas student council predisent and my mom says Im a hard worker and handsome. Love,New Graduate.Not following up. Sherri only received 4 phone calls about the jobs. One was aboutinformation before the candidate applied, and one asked to speak to the director, butwhen the director wasnt in she just hung up. Only two people actually followed up ontheir application asking if the resume was received, and when the interviews would bescheduled. Those applications were placed at the top of the pile.The UglyGiving your life story in the application. "At my last job I didnt talk around the watercooler very much because its unprofessional. Jimmy and Earl used to chide me about itbut I felt it was more important to get my work done quickly. Then one day Jimmy andEarl pranked me by covering my desk in tinfoil. What a day! But I still managed to havethe highest sales in my division that quarter"Admitting to not caring about the job in the application. "I dont particularly want towork in accounting, however given that my mom is kicking me out of the basement, thisis the best I can do, so if youre interested in giving me an interview..."Misspelling the name of the position in the application. Wait... youre applying to theposition of Coptroller? Sounds like it will get you arrested.Misspelling the name of the organization in your application. Youre either lazy orilliterate. Either way the resumes getting shredded.And the big winner:
Not including a resume. This is for real. Some applications did not even include aresume. The candidate just sent an email saying theyd like to apply for thejob. Seriously? What were you expecting? The hiring manager is supposed to contactyou to find out what youre good at? The sad part is that there were multiple applicationslike this.ConclusionYou know how every career counselor everywhere has told you to write a personalized coverletter for every application and follow up by phone the next day? I have heard a lot of people say"Why bother? It wont help. Everyone does it." But now I see that this is not true.Yes there is a ton of competition, but theres also a lot of BAD competition. It gives me hope as Ispend another 4 hours researching the culture and hiring manager of the next company Imapplying to. I dont have to be the best at everything, I just have to be better than the riff-raff.