Stupid Job Search Mistakes: Not Paying Attention to the Requirements |

Why would you do this? It doesn’t work, does it?

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for Here, I've got another one of those stupid job search mistakes. I know when I worked in search and I know my friends who still do recruiting all complain about incessantly, and that is spammed resumes, that no way, shape or form fit the requirement.
Now I've titled this not paying attention to the requirements because, frankly, your resume in no way, shape or form demonstrated a fit for what I or other recruiters, corporate a third party, we're looking for. Why would anyone want to talk to you?
"But I have the experience?"
"How would someone know that?"
"Well, they should call me."
They're not. And if you haven't noticed, you're not getting a lot of responses to your spammed resume because you've wasted people's time by not including the relevant information that they would need to see in order to invest the time to call you. Because, after all, it's not like you're sitting by the phone waiting for the call, right? You're out and about doing other things. People leaving voicemail. Back and forth, back and forth. It's a time suck. And no one does that. As a result, make it easy for people to know that you can do the job by putting in the relevant information that they need.
Or here's the other insane variation on this. People just say, "hey, I want to do that kind of work," and they send their resume in as though someone's going to say, "you know, we've spent a couple of hours talking about what we need in someone and, heck, let's just throw this out the window and talk to Jeff because he wants to do this kind of work." Or, you're a trainee and you replying to the VP position. Like why?
Glossing over the requirements, ignoring them, not paying attention is stupid on your part. Are you noticing you're getting any interviews from this strategy? Of course you are. And, when you get them, they get you out the door fast.
So, don't kid yourself. Glossing over, not paying attention to the requirements is a waste of your time and other people's time. All they do is make fun of you behind your back because they ask themselves, what the (fill in the blank with the word that you think should go there) was this person thinking.
My favorite example of this was the Purdue Chicken plucker who applied for the software development position with 10 years of experience. And, I don't remember what the gender of the individual, but they thought that, even though they had never taken course on software development, a company would train them for a 10 year for position requiring 10 years of experience.
Folks, pay attention. Make sure your resume, if you were looking at this in a dispassionate way, shows that it fits the requirements.
Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. If you're interested in one on one coaching from me, reach out to me through LinkedIn at Once we're connected, message that you're interested in coaching. We'll set up time for a free discovery call.
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Have a great day and take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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