Black Hole or Gateway to Opportunity?

“The corporate HR server where resumes are uploaded is a black hole where dreams go to die.”

– me, earlier this year

Did I get it wrong?

I had an interesting conversation with a friend this morning regarding this issue. She told me she has had great luck hearing back from companies after she sent them her resume/CV.

There are a couple of things to consider.

1) Are you absolutely qualified for the position?
2) Have you done (and performed admirably) all of the duties the company desires from you?
3) Did you follow all of the applicant instructions to the letter?

This certainly increases your odds, but I remain skeptical. The superstar candidate already has friends on the inside. Perhaps their research was so far beyond what the typical candidate might have uncovered an interview was practically assumed. Few people are willing to do the heavy lifting, so that might skew the numbers.

Weigh in here. Talk about your experience with a “cold” resume upload for a job you were a natural candidate for.

How’d it go?

John Scott is a media studies instructor and the career services manager at the School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University San Francisco. John’s book “Destination: Reinvention” is on sale in the Amazon bookstore. The hardcover edition is at Lulu. Audiobook available on Audible and iTunes.

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