When a staffing firm or company posts a job, the posting contains the necessary requirements to be successful in the job. You will ONLY be seriously considered as a potential candidate if you ACTUALLY POSSESS THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS and clearly demonstrate this on your resume. In these times of high unemployment, it is certainly understandable that job seekers are reaching out to every possible resource to find a job. Most of the time, the recruiter is scanning large numbers of responses and resumes for a single position. Sending your resume to a job posting you are NOT qualified for, however, does not encourage the person reviewing the resumes to consider you for something that you are qualified for. To receive a resume for a Medical Biller when the position is for an International Import/Export Coordinator DOES NOT encourage a response to the Medical Biller – it just frustrates the recruiter. As an alternative to responding to ads you are not qualified for, you should send your resume with a cover letter stating that you are interested in finding a particular position that you ARE qualified for and ask the hiring authority to consider you for that position if one becomes available. Most firms keep a file on resumes that they may need for future openings.
This year is the 128th anniversary of the first Labor Day, September 5, 1882, which was celebrated in New York City. In 1884, Labor Day became a federal holiday. It is traditinally regarded by most Americas as the symbolic end of summer and is celebrated by parades, parties, fireworks and picnics. According to the U.S. DOL, the holiday is “…dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.” You can find more information on the history of Labor Day through the following link: www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm
Resume E-Mailing Tips
We recently received an email, from a person who was applying for work, that was addressed to Bryant Staffing and two other staffing firms with a resume attached. The email was a continuation of a dialog consisting of several emails between the sender and the person who was editing the resume. Since this is not the first time we have received an email like this, we thought it might be helpful to give some pointers regarding the proper way to either submit a resume or respond to a job posting.
If you are submitting a resume for consideration (not in response to a posting) you should give specific information such as current employment status, desired geographic location, desired position, willingness to accept a temp-to-hire position, preferred means of communication and, if you are comfortable, preferred salary range and whether or not this is negotiable.
As a staffing company or hiring manager, it is preferable to receive an email sent directly to one individual or company rather than a generic email sent to multiple parties at the same time.
If you are responding to a job posting, make sure you possess the required skills, can work the required hours and will accept the salary posted (if given).
Make sure your contact information is up-to-date and use a “professional” email address i.e. “j.smith02@___.com”. This makes a better impression than some of the more “personalized” email addresses we have seen.
Depending on the software the company uses, it is usually easier to open resumes that are in Word format and do not contain different colored fonts and graphics.
There is also a good article on Email Etiquette, by Steve Adubato, in the July 19, 2010 edition of NJBIZ, www.njbiz.com.
One last thing…Please read the email for misspellings or poor grammar before pressing SEND.
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