Do you have 5 minutes? - For me?
Not long ago I wrote my first blog post on my observations and experiences as a job seeker throughout my career “My Time as a Job Seeker”, in the piece I mentioned just briefly the agony and frustration we go through to create and even update our resume. No! Let me rephrase that, the agony and frustration we go through to deliver the perfect calling card to land “that” job. But I guess the real question is what does it take to get to first base if the resume is your only entry ticket? How do you satisfy the ATS key word search or the first round of the recruiter’s selection process?
Well it turns out that SHRM just completed a survey on what is needed to get a foot in the door. A survey they released during this year’s SHRM Talent Management Conference in Nashville, TN last week. The PR headline was not surprising but still rather sad when you think of the time, effort and money spend on that infamous resume. The only real calling card any jobseeker has if a referral or an impeccable industry reputation isn’t in the cards.
Less Than Five Minutes Spent on a Single Resume, SHRM Survey Says
New SHRM survey provides insight into how HR looks at resumes and cover letters
and how organizations conduct interviews
“Less than five minutes—that is how much time a résumé is reviewed before it is decided whether a job candidate proceeds to the next step in the hiring process, according to a new Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Résumés, Cover Letters and Interviews Survey released today.”
As you can imagine, there is no right or wrong, it all depends… and maybe that is fine too, but I still stand by this:
Drop that educational requirement from your job description and ATS filter for job openings expecting 10+ years of experience in the field or related field.
Please do turn on that automated “thank you for applying” – it feels good to hear back from you all - yes, even from the robots. It’s the least you can do after we spend 30-60 minutes to apply to your job posting preceded by an hour or so of getting the cover letter tweaked just so we appeal to your company’s needs.
And may I add be nice to all applicants, qualified or not, if there is anything we know for sure how you treat the applicants is directly reflected in your social employer brand! Think Candidate Experience.