Thursday, January 20, 2011

Do Recruiters Even Read Resumes?

Since losing my job in July of last year, I've been applying to jobs left and right.  Because I'm on unemployment I make sure to apply to as many jobs as I can in a week.  I even do my best to find one job that's worth taking the time to apply to, even if nothing else sounds good, in a given week.  I have to regularly look for work, as in everyday if not close to it, and keep a running log of where I apply to on a form that the unemployment office gave me (you can also download it)

I have to wonder if they bothered to read my entire resume because it clearly states on there that I have administrative assistance experience and that I know MS Office.  Yet the reason for passing me up was because I didn't have those qualifications. 

Seriously?  My resume is 1.5 pages long and lists experience going back a good 10 years.  That would be 10 out of nearly 22 years of working.  Plus it has a section that just touches on the software I know, since I learned and used a lot of programs over the years.  You should have seen all the programs on my first laptop, I'd say it was twice the amount of programs on an average office computer. 

So my response back was "Thank you for your note however I would like to point out, I am proficient in MS Office as well as have been an administrative assistant for well over 10 years."

I'm not holding my breath waiting for a response.  No, I have a feeling that I'll get one of the three jobs I interviewed for last week and this week.  I don't know which one, and since I couldn't email yesterday's place a thank you letter, I'm hoping he won't hold that against me when he makes his decision tomorrow. 


Angels and Everlastings said...

Amy - you are being so faithfully doing your part to find a job. Be patient. The right one will come along. That just wasn't it.

amystreasures said...

Yeah I know, I just find it insulting when they tell me I don't have the experience when it clearly shows that I do.

I did get a response from her... meh whatever. I'd rather not waste my time pointing out how I am qualified for that job when she clearly didn't want to consider me.