DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY
Even if you tried to make the process more personal, you couldn’t. The days when you approached an establishment, dropped in and handed over your resume are gone. Long gone. The first thing you will be told is that everything is now done online. Most companies no longer accept resumes. Some may appear to politely take a copy, but nothing will happen with it. Your preciously reproduced version may end up in the file cabinet number 13, aka the trash.
Beyond what you already know in the don’t-take-it-personally aspect of job hunting is the fact that:
THEY MAY NOT EVEN READ YOUR APPLICATION
This is the worst part. Among the hundreds or even thousands of applications, chances are they won’t even look at your resume. According to Recruiter Cassie Senneff from HR at Robert Half Staffing Agency “the truth is, in the day to day life of a recruiter with so many daily deadlines, there may be times that a candidate’s resume will be overlooked for no other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s not ideal, but is has happened.”
Bigger corporations will analyze your credentials via software seeking specific keywords to score you with an instant matching system. Nothing like having your personally written letter broken down by a machine!
DON’T EXPECT A REPLY
Employers receive hundreds, and then more hundreds of applications for every position they create. They really do get inundated with applications! The days when every applicant received an acknowledgement of receipt are as outdated as getting up to change the channel on the TV. Worst yet, even those who filter through to the interview process may still not hear about declines, or about the hiring process being placed on hold. Don’t assume that having an interview will produce a follow-up call.
SOCIAL MEDIA IS YOUR NEW FRENEMY
Use it, but use it wisely. Create a LinkedIn account knowing it’s mainly a surface place for your portfolio. LinkedIn (as if you didn’t already know is like a Facebook for professional interaction). The limits of LinkedIn are that it’s really geared for executives. Everybody on LinkedIn is just seeking his or her own piece of the pie. Learn how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile.