Posted by: Texmansru47
Can someone explain to all of us as to why great candidates are being eliminated from potential available positions?
Is it because of the HR team involved truly do not have the correct information as well as not being trained on what to look for in potential candidates?
It is because of the Resume just does not have the correct level of “Key Words” on it?
Is a resume the BEST method of initiating the hiring IT staff members?
What is the correct format for a resume?
This one is killing me. I have been technically unemployed from a full-time hired employee of a corporation since March of 2008. I have designed some of the most stable (ITIL based; SOX Compliant) infrastructure around. I designed and implemented complete corporate infrastructures (including full data centers), developed whole IT staffs from scratch, as well as lead several large ERP development team. In all my positions I have been very successful, but like others, a great majority of the companies I have chosen to work for have been startups or spin offs that did not last long in the market for any one of several reasons.
So I have been told my resume is very impressive… but yet I have only have three interviews with a hiring manager… why I ask? Let’s see what we can find out.
I have been approached by several of other IT management sorts who are in the same boat as I am. So this is not unique to me… so if anyone out there feels I was going that way… I wasn’t, but very observate.
For the most part I have seen that the majority of my resumes are being kicked out since I have been with seven companies since 1990. I have been classified as a “Job Hopper”. Well, in this day and age the average IT Manager who has been employed since 1990 will more than likely have from 3 to 10 jobs on their resume. During the mid-to-late 90s IPOs created a great deal of this, and yes I was caught up with a few of those. It happened, and it was not something I desired. But I had five companies fold under me; and one was downsizing when I was hired, so this is something that an employee cannot control. The good news is that folks in the same boat as I am in, will be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel since our numbers are growing at an alarming rate.
Now does the average HR review team question the positions I had? for the most part – No. I have been asked about four times in my current pursuit of gameful employment, and when I told them the truth, they understood, and actually admitted that the hiring director or someone else they have hired was in the same boat as I was before he/she was hired.
Resumes and Keywords – I know several guys who modify their resumes daily when submitting them to add every keyword on the job posting. Forget that they cannot do ANY of that work, they post it since they understand the golden rule – liars will get interviews (see my other post about why HR, and you will get a better history of why this is). Now for the most part they are weeded out by the technical teams during their interviews or they get enough google searches under their belt to BS the interview team to get to the next level but typically they will be fired once they have proven in the field they cannot do the job. Scary but true. To this, I say forget keywords employers… examine the candidates on their knowledge indepth. Educate the HR staff to weed out based on knowledge not the words on a piece of paper. Finally, don’t look for EVER keyword. As you know there is no IT candidate that is an expert in application development, skilled DBA as well as a WAN/LAN and infrastructure development and mangement guru. Be realistic.
Resume the best tool… no. the reason I say that is simple. Over the past 8 months, my resume has been revised 14 times but so-called professionals… to date, I have not received a single interview from them. I have been told to make it no more than 2 pages; eliminate any position after the first five. So what is the right thing to do? Honestly a resume cannot be the best tool simply because there is no standard to go by. I have fourteen different versions to prove that. I was even guaranteed interviews from the last group who revised my resume… and I’m still waiting. Is there a correct format? I cannot see one.
I’m facing the same issues as nearly 400,000 of my IT brothers and sisters in the job search market today. Now there are jobs, just not enough to cater to all of us. When we bounce back from this recession hopefully we will, but only time will tell.
I would love to hear your comments.