I am constantly amazed
at the skills people exhibit when looking for a job. Now,
I understand that it’s not something you do every
week and maybe I should be more sympathetic, since I haven’t
done it but once in my life when I got a job as a bag
boy in high school.. I get at least two requests per month
from friends who are looking, or know someone that is,
that want to know if I can help. Email is a powerful tool.
When I get a good lead from these sources (and good leads
are hard to find), I circulate the resume, along with
instructions to forward to their friends. I have never
done this when a job offer didn’t appear. The list
of friends I distribute it to is a few hundred people.
Just think, remember all the jokes and crap you get that
was forwarded numerous times, and how much exposure a
good resume could get in adjusts a few hours. It’s
easy to see how such a resume could get noticed in a busy
But, on to the
story! About half of the job hunters don’t have
a resume! Another quarter have horrible resumes. There
are lots of tools on the internet to help prepare a resume
and we published an article on this topic a few months
ago (you can find it at www.autosalvageconsultant.com).
There simply isn’t any excuse for not having one.
Many applicants are younger, or seeking blue collar jobs,
and don’t think it’s important. They are so
wrong. Just think about it: Let’s say you are hiring
a parts puller, or wrecker driver, paying, say, $10 per
hour. You will get a number of applicants I suspect. I
would wager that only a small minority will have a resume.
Who will get the most attention, or even a glance, in
such a busy world? Of course, the applicant with the resume.
I could actually see my receptionist calling me, or attaching
a note to an application and resume, having received 14
applications and no resumes. The note would say something
like, “This one looked good and as unbelievable
as it sounds, actually had a resume.” Also, visit
our web site to see a prior story on the importance of
the cover sheet that goes with the resume. Remember, it’s
a busy world, and it’s hard to get noticed.
Some things seem
so obvious. But then, those without resumes will likely
blame the corporate world for not getting a job. It would
never be their fault; they don’t want to be culpable
or accountable. Just as well, we didn’t want to
hire them anyway.