This was posted on craigs list. The reason I posted it was because of the tips he was giving for resumes for those that are interested. And for those that are trying to build a business and recruit maybe this is why it isn't working for you?? I wasn't sure where to post this so put it in general chat if it has a more appropriate place you can move it moderators. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RE: Jobs (sorry, it's long) Date: 2010-09-29, 8:17PM I am an employer and I have to say one of the hardest parts of my job is finding people to work for me. I have learned so much from being on the other side of the application process that I wish I had know as an employee. Sharing some of my experiences here may help some of you find work. I think the basic frustration of hiring is that out of a random sampling of complete strangers I have to some how figure out who the decent folks are and who will contribute to the business and not cost me money. This is not an easy task. Another problem is the amount of inquiries I get. One Craig's List posting could sometimes generate one or two inquiries an hour. I would usually get about four to five every hour for the first 12 hours or so. It gets to the point that I start ignoring applications on whims. If a resume has too much text, or irrelevant information, I just don't have the time to read it and I move on to one that's easier. The thing is, I know that some people would be great workers and just aren't good at building resumes, so I saved the long-winded ones to go back to later. But the stack just kept growing. Eventually they went in the round file. I would say that about half of the people that had scheduled interviews with me never showed up. Out of courtesy I always assumed that there may be a good reason and left them a voice message with an offer to reschedule. None of them ever called back. Of those that I actually did hire maybe as many as half quit before the first day of work or just didn't show up. By the way, for those of you who did at least call and let me know you're quitting, thank you. I've talked to many other people I know in completely different fields and they assure me that my experience is not uncommon. And yes, the whole process will make an otherwise jolly person quite cynical. Here are some key strategies that I think can help those looking for work. 1 Spell check EVERYTHING, even if the job does not require you to write a single word after applying. 2 Be straight forward and honest. If you don't want to reveal something about yourself, just say so. If an employer gets the slightest hint that someone is hiding something or leading them on, they just move to the next applicant. 3 Jump through the hoops. Its how employers figure out who really does want the job and who is just applying for anything they can get. 4 Don't try to control the interview. This is a major turn off. 5 Don't be afraid to check in on the status of your application. I have heard people say this before and now I know how true it is. 6 Be yourself. Don't oversell yourself or try to be the person you think they want. 7 Keep your chin up and don't stop trying. I hope this helps. As for the guy that was told he was the favorite applicant, all I can say is that an employer's mind is constantly changing. Basically, we are trying to predict the future and the business depends on our predictions. I do hope you find work though.