There are a number of articles on career-related blogs and websites lately, describing to job applicants why managers and HR staff are passing up on your resume. What isn't being mentioned, is the other point of view: that the applicant is also in a position of power over picking and choosing through which jobs and companies they're applying to.
Although I hear all the time that there are A LOT of jobs out there in our economy, very, very few actually match the quality of life standard that the majority of job applicants are seeking. Especially hard, is finding a good job match for an experienced non-manager, when a lot of openings are requesting experienced non-manager type experience with beginner salaries. Not a good match. I know zero people looking for jobs who are willing to put up with a drop of $10K or more in salary when they change jobs. Zero.
There are a few red flags that job applicants should be wary of whenever searching for jobs. These red flags are indicators of internal culture and just general internal quality standards. Here's my top five:
- The requested experience (years) seems a good match, but there is no pay information. I'm not going to waste my time applying for a job that says nothing about remuneration. You'll keep getting the wrong applicants if you aren't crystal clear and transparent.
- There are misspellings, errors, or redundancies in the job description. If HR or the hiring manager are not detailed enough or take the time to write a correct job description, they won't be taking care of details during the day-to-day. As an editor, this is vital for me.
- The job description focuses on the company and the actual job is described in only a few bullet points at the bottom of the page. It's nice that you think highly about your company, but a quick Google search will let the applicant know all of that and more. Focus on the job description so an applicant knows what to personalize on the resume and application letter. Besides, if the position is only worth a couple of bullet points at the end of the page, it gives the feeling the role won't have any value in the company nor opportunities for growth. Don't make the applicant (or your employees, for that matter) feel like an afterthought.
- The job has too many responsibilities and yet isn't an administrative role. Focus people. You can't ask a person new to your company to be a Swiss army knife from the get go. It gives the impression you use and abuse employees. I know of a variety of people who are looking for a new job because they're already being tortured somewhere else and need to move on.
- The job opening has a fancy title, but too many supervisors. We don't want to end up like Office Space, avoiding making a TPS report mistake because six people come our way to let us know about our mistake.