I am in the midst of hiring people and by tomorrow will have reviewed some 200 applications. Here are three bits of advice I would like to share with anyone searching for a job.
First, make sure you are uploading the right cover letter for the right organization. With so many electronic application sites, it’s easy to upload the wrong documents. I can’t tell you how off-putting it is to read how much an applicant wants to apply for a position in someone else’s organization.
Second, double-check to see if the employer wants some specific questions answered as part of the application process. These are often at the end of the canned application form and may be in a different font. I just rejected two applications from people who looked like excellent candidates. Because they didn’t answer the special questions, however, their applications could not be scored.
Third, keep trying. Don’t give up just because you didn’t get an interview with XYZ company. I have come to realize that even with sophisticated screening techniques, getting an interview involves a certain amount of luck. As hard as we try to make a hiring process as fair and equitable as possible, we are still human beings and subject to oversights and inconsistencies. So don’t give up and don’t be afraid to apply a second time to the same organization. Two of my colleagues didn’t get the job after going through interviews the first time around, but both did get hired the second time they interviewed.
Author and consultant Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D., speaks on healthy workplaces, provides consulting for strategic planning, process improvement and redesign, and professional development for leaders. Read more »