Recently I was looking to hire someone and was inundated with responses, some of which left me wondering whether certain respondents had even read the post before firing off an inadequate résumé.
Two things amazed me:
1. The number of responses. Within one hour, I got at least 20 résumés. Pretty impressive speed the kids have these days. It also means there are hungry employees out there.
2. The quality of responses. Though there were clearly some candidates who possessed high quality and professionalism, a larger number didn’t know how to follow directions or write a good cover letter.
Here is my attempt to give a little boost to millennials applying for PR and marketing jobs and to make things easier for everyone involved in hiring:
Read the entire job listing
Easy enough? Wrong.
I hate to sound like a mom here, but slow down, kiddos. Take the time to read before you apply. Remember, quality over quantity.
To get better results, apply for those jobs that feel closest to your experience, knowledge, and/or interest. As an entry-level applicant, you may not have the experience, but if you can flex your knowledge about the subject presented in the posting, you’ll sound more interesting and go much further.