Why Should my Resume Look Good if the Company Does Not?
It never fails. I put all my time and energy into my resume. I even have a professional resume builder look over the content and make sure it talks about me in the best way possible. Yet almost every time I look for a job I get subpar descriptions and requirements to fill out all my information again. Some people don’t even look at my resume. All for a job that I may not get. Is it really worth it?
It’s understandable that a company wants to get the best candidate for a job. When I peruse the job listings, I can really tell what is being overplayed, and what is the “realistic” description. I can also usually tell who is writing it – a person on the pulse of IT, or a HR employee taking care of another task.
Still, when I go to look on Monster, Dice, Careerbuilder or any other job site, I want to get information on a job and move on. I don’t want to spend my time reading a listing that has absolutely nothing to do with my field. And believe me, there are a lot of misplaced jobs.
Take for example the position title “Software Engineer”. What does that mean to you? For some, it’s an Applications Developer. For others, it’s a person that can go around resolving issues with Office, Citrix or whatever the program.
Decoding a job description can be tricky work. Today I saw a job description that sounded like it was in my field of expertise, but it didn’t really say what I would be doing in this role until the end of the description. At that point, it sounded like that job was just an “Added requirement” for the position.
“We have an excellent, fast paced job in a great work environment”. Ever seen that quote (or something similar)? Is that not as plastic as all getout? No, really. Get out. Don’t patronize me with those quotes. Especially if you are not going to tell me what the position is.
My favorite job descriptions come from staffing firms. They don’t tell you who you are working for in the description because they’re clients. And in all reality, the information they pass is only what the client passes to them. 90% of the time I read a description about a job from a staffing firm; it doesn’t even come close to what the actual job is.
So now I go to apply for a job. OK – I hit “Apply”. You send off your resume, mostly in text format – which by the way is really NOT the best way to be sending personal information. Nonetheless, I get an email back from an automated bot saying “Please go to our website and fill in an online resume”. What?
I understand they can get hundreds – if not thousands of resumes in at a time, but when I put a lot of attention to detail into my document, I feel someone asking me to write it again is a slap in the face. It’s saying “Sorry. We want it our way. Not yours”. I don’t even know if they’ve even picked up MY resume.
Some companies are using some cool technologies to turn my resume into a format they can process. You submit the resume and it comes back with a page that tried to fill in all the blanks for you. You just have to make the small corrections.
I think that’s great they are trying to create a happy medium. It does lose my personal touch though. Still, if I don’t have to spend 30 minutes typing over the same bullet points in my document, I’ll be more apt to post.
It also concerns me on what they do with a resume. I can go up on Monster right now and pull down someone’s personal information. I can’t tell you how many times I get staffing firms calling me saying “I got a great opportunity for you in the Help Desk role”.
Way to go looking at my resume there. I am not bashing help desk people. I did it for a few years myself. I did progress on to other things though. It was mostly because the stress of the call – after – call process for me.
I have been involved in the hiring process. I have rejected resumes because they look like they were written on a bar napkin. I’ve rejected interviews because the candidate didn’t look professional. I hold a high regard in how a person presents themselves at an interview and do the same when I go to a job interview.
In decentralizing the resume, as an employer I lose the level of determining the quality of work the employee will dole out. I do, however, have a resume format I can get familiar with. It’s a half and half situation – who really ends up winning or even losing on this?
Going up on a job search is tough. Wading through the fodder is worse. When you have to come across those who just throw out a job description, require your resume in triplicate or decide to call you because they saw a keyword like “help desk” in your resume, then it’s no wonder why people don’t want to do it. But when you do find the right job, everything seems to fall into place. Maybe this is a good precursor to not working for that employer that has too many hoops to jump.