When Searching For A Job In It
Posted on 02 Jun 2000
by JP Hackworth (hackworth)
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It had been such a long time since I had updatedmy resume on Monster, Hotjobs, and a few other job boards and as I was updating my 'hard copy' of my resume, I thought I'd update those as well. I finished updating them all around 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Within a half hour several emails popped intomy mailbox. I had two phone calls already for me when I got home and another one while I was having dinner. The next morning 10 new emails were in my email box. Most were from headhunters that 'heard that I was really good at what I do'. I got home on Thursday and found 11 voice messages waiting for me.
So then, the craziness starts. Not one of thepeople who called me was actually hiring for their own company. They were all recruiters looking to help someone like me land the next hot job. When I told them that I wasn't seriously looking at this time, many were trying to urge me towards leaving my job now. One was even so rude as to ask why and when I said 'personal reasons' they pressed me for a more informative answer.
Then I had the task of replying to all of theemails I received. I assumed that I could be really bold with them and see what type of response I'd get. Assuming that most were not interested in talking to me so soon, I wrote them all the same polite email that explained:
- That I wouldn't accept a job unless it was in one of several geographic locations.
- That I wasn't look for any positions with consulting firms
- My salary requirements
- The time period during which I expected to be changing jobs.
Needless to say, that did the trick. I didn'thear back from most of them. But several did, and so I learned an important lesson. Here's part of an email that I received:
I suggest you take you resume off Monster so that no one starts sending it out already and potentially messing things up for you. So people just send it out, but then won't be able to deliver you for an interview, but you now are known at that company, so that if in 3-4 months you are presented again (this time when you are ready) you do not get considered.
I quickly blocked the visibility of my resumesas he told me. Now the calls and emails have slowed down considerably.
I had such a poor response last year when Iwas searching for a job out of school that I made the wrong assumption that the same would occur again. How wrong I was? While it's encouraging to know that there are that many jobs out there, this has been quite overwhelming. I've definitely learned from this and now I know the routine for when I decide to look for a new job again.
Happy to be your guinea pig,