I receive an average of 5-10 resumes or job inquiries every single day. Of the 50 or so resumes each week, only about 4 or 5 seem to make it through the initial screening. It seems that the age of the Internet and quick communication has given people a false sense of the amount of time and work required to circulate one’s resume. Of those 50 or so resumes that I receive, at least half of them are in an email without a cover letter. Another 25% will simply say “resume attached”. That leaves only about 25% of the applicants who take the time to tell me why I should open their attached resume. For the record, if there is not a cover letter, I delete the email. I believe that if the applicant doesn’t have the time to reach out to me on a personal level, then they should not expect me to do the same in return. Of the 25% that I do open, I can’t begin to tell you how many people tell me that their skills include attention to detail, yet they have misspellings in their resume or did not pay attention to the formatting. I wish more people would realize that they only have one chance to make a first impression.
What I have learned through this, on a positive note, is that as easy as it is for people to take short cuts to get their resumes out, those who spend the time investigating Brighton and presenting their credentials in a meaningful way will get noticed. The person who takes the time to address their cover letter to me and do the homework about our company and why they would be a good fit will get noticed. It is from this pool of people that we will look for our next great talent and begin the interview process. So for those of you thinking of sending me your resume, please take my advice. Read and re-read your resume. And, tell me in a note or cover letter why I should open your attachments and why I should take the time to talk with you. This will help Brighton continue to hire the best and the brightest. And, if you’re reading this blog post, you’re already one step ahead.
*Editor’s Note: Looking for more great advice on landing the perfect job? Stay tuned for our blog series on landing a PR internship, which will be posted next week!