Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Call Me, Maybe


Have you thrown your craftily crafted cover letter and resume into a well?
Would you trade your soul for a job?
I know you just met this employer, but you've given out your number.
Why don't they call you, maybe?
This is crazy!

Apologies to Carly Rae Jepsen!

But here's a link to someone describing the two-and-a-half month process of hiring, from the other side of the desk. 

If you're wondering when to abandon all hope, ye who enter here (tip of the hat to Dante), here's the sequence from a recruiter's perspective.

Remember, your mileage may vary. The job described here is in the 60K range, probably not entry-level... but this gives you some idea of why it takes a prospective employer so long to get back to you. 

It also gives you an idea of why you need to snag your reader's attention in the first six seconds of handling your resume--imagine being tasked with reading 1000 applications in three days, in addition to being responsible for a bunch of other tasks.

(Link to the video for the over-40 set: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic)

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