Spokane Regional Networking, Social Media, Professional and Business Development
Ever since I joined Launchpad I've heard the common complaint of the job recruiter, that clarion call that "life isn't fair!" that basically goes like this: "I've got 5.2 million resumes on my desk and none of them are formatted right, don't refer back to the job we're advertising, say nothing about the person, is some generic thing generated in Word, or is completely unqualified for the position." Because as we all know, it is entirely the job seekers responsibility to read your mind and know exactly what it is you're looking for.
I'm exaggerating of course, the truth is 99% of the responsibility falls on the job seeker to show they have the skills to do the job and that little extra that adds value to the company. I don't think there's any qualms about that. That said, I'm going to point out a job posting I just found on Craigslist:
"Seeking motivated individual experienced in the use of both Autocad and Revit.
Full-time position with benefits available immediately.
Mechanical experience preferred but not necessary.
Please respond with resume and cover letter - no phone calls please."
Now, just to be clear, here's the link because that is in fact the extent of the job posting.
Here's the number one problem with this posting. I have absolutely no idea what company I'd be applying for. Why is that important? Oh let me count the ways. I can see they're looking for a mechanical drafter... but what kind? Aerospace? Communications? Cooling systems? I have no idea if any of my skills in any way can be translated to what this company does. How am I supposed to present an argument that I can add value to your company if I have no clue what you even do?
"Seeking motivated individual." That's good because I've never seen an employer look for a complete sloth. By telling the job seeker that you're looking for someone who's going to be motivated to do the work, in most cases that's like asking someone that just ran Iron Man if they'd like a drink of water. You'll probably eliminate 10% if that of applicants by stating this, but unless you're looking for someone to clean horse stables, this qualification is pretty much assumed.
"experienced in the use of both Autocad and Revit." They teach AutoCAD in High School, and there are three versions of Revit that span the entire spectrum of the construction and manufacturing industry. Without specifying exactly what type of work you do, or what exact process your looking for, this tells a drafter or engineer absolutely nothing.
"Full-time position with benefits available immediately." It's nice to know for people who are looking for full or part time work, and of course people will be looking for benefits. And maybe this entire statement is just to try and reel someone in, and that's reasonable... but how is it helpful when you've given no other relevant information about the job itself.
"Mechanical experience preferred but not necessary." This is actually the first time I've ever seen this, most manufacturing companies don't want just a rudimentary knowledge of the manufacturing process, they want someone with a mechanical engineering degree. Essentially what they are saying is "Don't worry if you don't know about this field, we'll train you." Which also says something else... they might go for someone who has experience in the field, but they don't want someone with a lot of experience in a related field. For instance if they manufacture PCB boards for electrical testing equipment, they don't want someone with 10 years of experience manufacturing and designing semiconductors. Why? Because you've been conditioned to work in a field someone similar to theirs and chances are you've got bad habits.
As to the last statement, I'd be hard pressed to write a cover letter for a company I know nothing about, it should be expected that I have a resume. And how am I going to call you when you haven't listed a number or given me any information about who you are?
This should serve as a warning to other potential employers; Obviously you don't want to give out too much information, you want to hear most of what you need to hear in an interview. But you have to at least put down enough information to give the job seeker what they need to determine if they can acknowledge that they would be a fit for your company. Believe it or not, most job seekers don't apply for jobs they know they're not qualified for. Yes obviously that isn't always the case but the exception doesn't prove the rule.