...you can be the best, most qualified candidate in the world and you will not get the time of day from 99 percent of HR people. It's very frustrating. There are many of us who have sent out hundreds of resumes (not boilerplate, mind you, but custom fit for each job opening) with little or no response -- not even a rejection e-mail. I've been looking for six months and I'm guessing others have for a lot longer. I've had a grand total of 2 interviews. I've got a degree and more than seven years experience in my field but that doesn't seem to matter. I admit I'm not the best qualified for every opening to which I apply, but come on -- I don't even get a call back 5 percent of the time? I suppose for some jobs since I don't have the "right" degree I can't possibly do the job even though I have the equivalent experience as a substitute.
"The market is flooded, it's very competitive," is what I hear. I suppose so. But I for one don't like that excuse. Companies need to know that there are a lot of potential employees out there with great credentials that only wish to be heard. HR people need to recognize that all skills and job experience cannot always be quantified into standardized, computerized online application forms which, by the way, leave no option for creativity or alternate explanations for unique job experiences and career directions. This is not an indictment of HR -- they have their jobs to do. I understand that in this standardized, streamlined homogenized modern society, automated job application procedures are a necessary evil. But I don't have to like it and I mourn the increasing loss of face-to-face (or by phone) personalized contacts.
I am ready and eager to work hard again for some company out there. Unfortunately no one will hear me out. I'm afraid my story is far from unique.
I apologize that this is more of a rant than a practical posting but if you read all the way to the end, thanks.