Hiring: A Managers Perspective

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In an article over at php|architect Cal Evans writes about hiring from a managers perspective. This is a great read for anyone currently looking for a job. The point Cal makes is that resume spamming just doesn’t work. Resumes are not one size fits all. They should, at least in part, be tailored to the job you are applying for. Here are a few tips for anyone currently seeking employment.

  1. Before you submit your resume do some research on the company you are applying to.
    • Check their website and find out what they do, just because they are hiring for a certain position doesn’t mean that is their primary focus.
    • Search for the company on LinkedIn and find out if anyone in your network has ever worked for the company. If they have ask them about it, they will have a better understanding of the company dynamics.
    • Take a hard look at the job description. This seems obvious, but far too many people are submitting their resume to any opportunity that has their search keywords in it.
  2. Tailor your resume to the position you are applying for.
    • One the first page near the top highlight work experience that is relevant to the position for which you are applying.
    • Do not list every buzzword you can think of. Don’t go out of your way to use industry jargon, instead focus on your relevant experience. If you are right for the job you should not have to try to fit the keywords in anyway, they will be there naturally.
  3. Write a good cover letter.
    • Avoid using the same generic cover letter over and over again.
    • Highlight relevant work experience and your personality.
    • Keep it brief.
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