I was teaching a class on resume writing the other day and we had the privilege of having one of the recruiters come into the class. This allowed the students to pick her brain on a number of topics – what does she look for in a resume and how to get a recruiters attention so they can get an interview.
The class was a mix of gender and ages and in one case there was an individual that was 60+ and was clearly uncomfortable with all the tech talk – applicant tracking systems, linked in, twitter, and face book. I can relate. I am in my 50’s and although I know this stuff I still feel like a novice. In this day and age everything is electronic. When it comes to job selection and who gets an interview and who doesn’t it is typically the company’s applicant tracking system that makes the decision.
With all the high tech we have forgotten or assumed that everything should be done electronically. “Not so” says the recruiter, “this is a myth and will hurt your chances of getting an interview.” She advised us to find out the recruiters name or the HR person and call them, but, have a reason to call them and be prepared. Ask the recruiter if they have received your resume, ask them what the timelines and processes are for hiring and ask them if your qualifications are a good fit. The #1 rule, she advised, is ask them well thought out and crafted questions that will make you stand out. Be prepared. There were a number of objections that came from the students, “the website says were not supposed to call the Hr person!” Really?? Where does it say that? Maybe 1% state that on the website but more often than not it doesn’t. The recruiter further stated that if an applicant calls her she ALWAYS reviews their resume but she also indicated she was amazed at the number of people that were unprepared when they spoke to her.
So when I looked around the room at the students the 60+ individual was beaming!! “See”, he said, “the old ways are still the best ways!”