I’ve been trying to hire a Senior Manager for User Support for almost a year now. Why am I having such a hard time? Maybe I’m looking for the impossible – a seasoned professional in managing user support in a complex higher ed technology environment.
But in the course of looking, I’ve seen a *lot* of resumes. And I have to say, I am shocked by the extent to which it appears that people don’t even read the job description or requirements before submitting their stuff. Hey – if I wanted a unix sysadmin, or a .net programmer, or a graphics person, I would advertise such a job.
That’s why I really liked Joel on Software’s article on Getting Your Resume Read. Check it out if you’re looking for a job, or even thinking of sending your resume in.
A résumé is a way to get to the next stage: the interview. Companies often get dozens of résumés for every opening … we get between 100 and 200 per opening. There is no possible way we can interview that many people. The only hope is if we can screen people out using résumés. Don’t think of a résumé as a way to get a job: think of it as a way to give some hiring manager an excuse to hit DELETE. At least technically, your résumé has to be perfect to survive.