…lately, I’ve been running into some small issues that could make a big difference in getting interviews … so, pay attention.
Make sure your phone number is on the top of your resume, easily found next to your name and e-mail address…three or four times a day, I get a resume with a phone number of the candidate at the bottom of the resume or the bottom of the first page of the resume…twice last week, I received resumes with a phone number, name and e-mail address literally written along the side of the resume so you actually had to turn the page horizontally to read the phone number… be aware that your resume is “scanned” by the reader… if the reader sees something it likes, you want your phone number to be so accessible they can dial you up immediately… don’t make people search for your important contact information… they’ll simply quit and move on to the next resume if it’s too hard…
Your voicemail… make sure you confirm the number of your cell phone AND your name with your recorded voicemail message… you want to be sure that people know exactly who they are reaching…be sure to record your voicemail message in a quiet place…not while driving…not while in a Starbucks … not only is it unprofessional, but the caller may not call back if they can’t understand exactly who they’ve reached…(by the way, many of us keep resumes for specific types of people for many years… from my own experience, if I call a phone number that is more than two or three years old and I’m not sure the phone number is of the person I’m trying to reach, i.e. they don’t state their name in the voicemail message, I may not leave a message and simply hang up…)
Leaving a voicemail… make sure the voicemails you leave for people you’ve interviewed with are also direct, to the point and short… remember that most hiring authorities have near full voicemails and they have their finger on the delete button to eliminate as many of them as they can…while hearing your voicemail, they’re focused on either one of the ones previous to yours that is highly important or an important one they are anticipating… you need to be sure they can remember the message you leave so they can call you back…( for the best script you could use in leaving a voicemail, go to www.thejobsearchsolution.com.) Also, when leaving a message be sure to state your call back phone number twice and do it s-l-o-w-l-y so the person listening to it gets a chance to grab a pen and write it down … the reason you state it twice is because, especially from a cell phone, there’s often distortion of one or two of the digits you’re speaking … and it certainly doesn’t hurt to repeat your name twice, once in the beginning of the voice mail and again at the end … again, compensating for distortion
These are little things but they may keep you from getting interviewed.
Evil exists…it is just as mysterious as God’s love…we don’t really quite understand it..we never will
…pray for all departed souls…pray for their families..forgive..pray for the soul of the shooter…
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
The interview with our candidate seemed to be going well… the hiring authority was interested because the candidate had done exactly what they wanted and they were pleased.
The salary range the company had was $80,000-$85,000 a year and since the candidate was only making $73,000, it was going to be good for everyone.
We had discussed money with our candidate and explained that with the salary range of the company and them offering him $80,000, while he was making $73,000, it would be a nice bump in earnings… in the initial part of our presentation of the job to him, he agreed…
But when he got into the final offer stage, he got greedy and literally told the hiring authority that when they made him an offer, he had done his research on the Internet and was worth a $90,000 salary…
Our client had offered $80,000 thinking they were giving him a very generous raise and when he came back with this comment, the hiring authority was taken off guard… the hiring authority said “well, the best we can offer is $80,000 because that’s what the job is worth… this is a very good company and you would do well to be here.” The candidate stated again that since he found his value on the Internet was $90,000, he was going to stick to that figure.
We are still trying now to patch this thing together. In this market, it is unlikely that anyone is going to go from $73,000 a year to $90,000 a year just because a salary survey on the Internet says the person is worth $90,000. The hiring authority didn’t know whether he was disappointed in the candidate because the candidate was passing up a good opportunity or that the candidate was foolish enough to believe a salary survey on the Internet was going to be his reason for wanting that much of a raise.
Our candidate did a poor job… he got greedy… he thought that since the interviewing process had been going so well, a $17,000 salary increase was in order.. and his reasoning, “well I saw on the Internet” made it even more awkward.
We are still trying to get these folks back together… trying to get the candidate to understand that no one has any intrinsic value… what you are “worth” is what you can get on the market and that going from $73,000 a year to $80,000 a year is not only reasonable in this market but an excellent opportunity especially with such a quality company.
Our plea to the hiring authority is to beg for forgiveness on the part of the candidate for this lack of experience and changing jobs and negotiating a salary… we tried to chalk it up to inexperience and ignorance.
The lesson is that to go into any kind of negotiation and say something stupid like “well I saw that I’m worth $$$$ on the Internet.” isn’t going to get you very far. No salary survey on the Internet should have anything to do with your getting a new job. Negotiate in good faith, but be smart about it. No hiring authority is going to pay any salary because of an Internet survey.
…not a week goes by that I don’t hear this..usually comes at the debrief by a candidate after, even knowing the salary range, tells the interviewing authority he wants a ridiculous amount of money over and above what is reasonable..it usually is preceded by a comment like, “well, the interview was going so well…I knew he wanted to hire me”…(another really poor read!)
Somehow many candidates think the money relative to a job has to do with what they tell people they want..in fact, the first really bad sign is when the interviewer “doesn’t bat an eye”…he or she is thinking, “is this guy nuts?”
Lesson: don’t tell anyone in the first few interviews what you “want” regarding money…tell them what you are presently earning or what you have earned in the past and that you are “sure the money will work out if the opportunity for both of you is a good match”…then leave money till the end…just share with them what you have earned in the past..adding, “money depends so much on the job, the challenge, the people and so many other things…if everything else is right, the money will take care of itself.”