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The Recruitment Process

As economic pressures mount, employers and executive search firms will become more selective about who they invite to serious interviews. Recruitment and selection costs will be even more under scrutiny, since mistakes are costly and not easily rectified.They will have to choose the best candidate available from a field that might include applicants who perform well in interviews, without offering the substance necessary to fill a particular job.

How you, as a candidate, performs in this process, significantly affects your chances for success. Often, potentially good candidates make mistakes that can cost them their, otherwise, good chances. Without wanting to sound depressing, in a challenging economic environment, that might kill one of the few opportunities, which could come your way. In order to help you, we have selected a number of key mistakes, candidates make in their relationship with the human resources manager or the executive recruiter. Avoid them, and you improve your chances.

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Ten Mistakes that can kill your Chances of getting the Job

1. Do not write a ten page resume. No one is interested in the details of what you have done 20 years ago.Singing in the Church Choir or having been a Boy Scout leader is, at best, peripheral to the job. So don't mention it!
Write a short and "to the point" resume that has all the essentials in it. Name and address of former employers, the job title of the person you reported to, your own job title and from when to when you worked for that company, your responsibilities and your direct achievements, if any, all on two pages maximum.
2. Do not create your resume and other documentation in some obscure format that no one can read, or open, that is "deadly". Use MS Word (.doc), Adobe (.pdf) or rich text format (.rtf), if you send the application electronically. Remember if it cannot be opened by the receiving person it will end in the bin. He or she will not come back to you!
3. When you state in the resume what your objectives are, be specific. No one cares about a general statement of objectives, such as "I am a self taught hardworking executive prepared to contribute to the profitability of the company". Most HR professionals and executive recruiters have read the same statement hundreds of times and are not interested in it!
4. Do not write a rambling cover letter exhibiting all your virtues. It will inevitably end up in the bin, since no one is interested. Keep the cover letter short and to the point!
5. Don't introduce yourself to an executive recruiter by saying "I received your name through a mutual friend". Executive recruiters are usually, even under present circumstances, quite busy and have to put up a firewall between themselves and calls from unwanted applicants. Remember, the executive recruiter works primarily for himself, secondarily for the client from whom he has the assignment and very lastly for you, the person wanting a job!
6. When the executive recruiter or the human resources manager of a company invites you for an interview, don't get "verbal diarrhea". Be prepared and reply clearly and to the point! Don't wander off into peripheral areas!
7. When you are being interviewed for a specific job, make it known to the person interviewing you, after you have listened to him, that you are interested. Don't pretend not to be interested and think this preserves your negotiating power, it does not. Employers are not looking for disinterested people!
8. After an interview, do not call an executive recruiter or employer without a real reason. Just a friendly inquiry or leaving a message to call back without any clear purpose, is an instant "red flag" to the recruiter that you are desperate, not keen, but desperate!
9. Some people think they have to repeatedly phone the hiring executive and ask what the status of their hiring decision is. Do not phone the hiring executive and ask about the status of your application. The prospective employers will tell you, when they are ready. Remember, they are the people offering the job, you want the job.
10. Never talk badly about your former employer, even if you had deep disagreements with him, and even if your criticism was justified. It is an immediate turn-off for your future employer or for any executive recruiter.

Getting a job is about presenting your relevant abilities in the best light. The emphasis here is on "r e l e v a n t". Other abilities, while laudable and worthy, do not play a part. Also, remember that there are always two sides to a coin. The side you present and like (why else would you present it?), and the way the executive recruiter, or future employer, wants to see it! Often, what is positive to you, might be questionable from the point of view of a future employer.

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