I know just about any job can sound good when you’re out of work. But unless you are qualified for it, please don’t apply. You’re only wasting everyone’s time – yours and the resume reviewers.
Let me give you an example. I recently posted a job for a client, involving a part time office job. We received 85 responses in the first day alone. The problem is, half of those applicants had no relevant job experience or transferable skills that related to the job posting.
For example, I wanted to ask one particular applicant how is was she thought that five years’ experience as a manicurist prepared her to work in QuickBooks?
There’s a reason I point this out. I’m sure you’ve heard that you only have five seconds for your resume to grab a reviewer’s attention. That’s a true enough figure when a posting generates a normal amount of responses. When it generates a mountain of responses, five seconds per resume may be a generous estimate. And when that mountain contains 50% or more of resumes that have little or nothing to do with the job at hand – the reviewer’s brain goes numb.
How does this relate to you? Well, say you apply for a job at an awesome company, and it’s a position for which you are completely and totally qualified. You really want this job, and the posting you replied to is almost a verbatim quote of your resume. But, you never hear back. Not one word. And you wonder why.
Most likely, the reason is that the person reviewing the resumes got overwhelmed by the sheer volume of responses. They started out going over each resume, but as the process wore on and more and more of the resumes were revealed to have nothing to do with the open position, the time and attention spent on each one got less and less. It wouldn’t be too surprising that it got so mind numbing, that as soon as five decent (not stellar, mind you – just OK) candidates were uncovered, the review process stopped and those five were given interviews. And your resume, the one that was head and shoulders above the five that got picked? It’s still lying in the stack of resumes that never even got looked at, to be “kept on file for six months, to be compared to future openings that may occur.”
The point is, please don’t be one of those unqualified people who apply for a job just because it might be fun, or a better career than you are in now, or simply because it pays more. You won’t get the job, trust me – and you just might keep someone who truly deserves that job from getting it. And if you say, “so what”, because you don’t give two hoots about the other guy? Well – just remember that the next time you apply for a killer job that you could do in your sleep, and you never hear a peep from the company. The concept of karma works in job searches, too.