June 24, 2009

Recruiters Biggest Pet Peeves About Job Seekers


Last week was an interesting one in the news. Rumors of an economic turnaround and news of fewer layoffs sent everyone jumping off the walls of joviality. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that even though there may be "signs" of a turnaround, we still need to get people employed again. After all, we are still at an alarming rate nationally of almost 10% (9.4%). My own state of California is at 11.5% unemployment. Only when we can help the unemployed find jobs and improve their financial situations will a true recovery happen.

That being said, here is a good article from Yahoo! Jobs on the biggest pet peeves that recruiters have about job hunters. To summarize, here are the top five as cited in the article:

  1. Candidates who see themselves as perfect.
  2. Clueless or uninformed candidates.
  3. Poorly written cover letters, which they refer to as "short-cut introductions."
  4. Failure to link experience to the job.
  5. Job seekers who do mass distribution or general résumés.
To see the full article, click here.

Having hired and recruited potential employees myself, I can definitely underscore the importance of these items. Here's another way to look at this. Numbers 3 and 5 will help your résumé from being screened out before you can even get in the door, while numbers 1, 2, and 4 are imperative for nailing the interview. We hope these tips help you improve your job searches and get a job faster.

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2 comments:

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Plan ahead before your job interview to establish confidence. Try to picture out the impression you want to make and how you want to be remembered.


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