July 12, 2013 — Attention all you job seekers out there! You have a secret enemy but you may not know, until now, why you never hear back from a timeshare developer once you’ve submitted your resume. And the fact of the matter is most HR personnel themselves are unaware of this issue and how some of their ‘systems’ are outright intercepting your resume and tossing them into a cyber-file 13 (trash) before they are ever seen by them.
So here’s the Scoop: I have learned from several well known ‘career development’ corporations that job applicant tracking systems are killing upwards of 75% of all resumes being submitted for current job openings – and the problem has become of such an epidemic scale that even the Crème de la crème of all applicant resumes aren’t even being reviewed by a ‘real person’!
I’ve even been told in our industry that one particular timeshare developer who runs 100s of ads each month on Career Builder, Monster, newspapers, etc. is using one of these systems, paying anywhere from $100 – $1,000 ‘per-ad’ seeking ‘resumes’ — and that translates in to an annual ad recruiting cost exceeding, believe it or not, $100,000. And yet, I’m told, they, too, are s***-canning the bulk of their resumes (and applicants) without so much as a ‘look see’.
And to my way of thinking, in that instance, this developer is burning through 75% of their ad recruiting ‘budget’ ($75,000 and more) as well; but that is a story for another day.
Actually, I’m not publishing the developers name today because our ‘Boss’ is waiting on some additional verification regarding which specific system this developer is using and their total ad costs etc.; but as soon as I get the go-ahead you can bet your last sawbuck “I’ll get you, my pretty – and your little dog too…”
In the meantime, whether you are in timeshare marketing, sales, management, etc. don’t let these tracking systems demoralize you as the non-response is most likely due to, again, believe it or not, one of more of the following:
- Because the date on your resume is in the wrong spot: cyber-file 13.
- Because your educational credentials lacked ‘key’ words: cyber-file 13.
- Because of the use of ambiguous ‘key’ words in your resume: cyber-file 13.
- Because of the use of words like ‘Professional’: cyber-file 13.
- Because of dates placed at the beginning of previous ‘jobs’ listed: cyber-file 13.
- Because of use of a personal photo or graphics in your resume: cyber-file 13.
- Because your resume is too short (in length): cyber-file 13.
- Because you abbreviate one or more former Employer Company names: cyber-file 13.
- Because of overall formatting issues: cyber-13.
And the list goes on, so to help job seekers we are considering adding a ‘Post Your Resume’ section ‘Inside The Gate’ and on our timeshare blog the ‘GateHouse’ so that anyone in marketing, sales and management who wants to ‘connect’ with developers will at least have a forum and an even playing field whereby their resume will actually be reviewed by a humanoid instead of a computer and won’t wind up in cyber-file 13.
So if that service is of interest to you career seekers out there then e-mail me and let me know. And if the response warrants such a section someone on staff will e-mail each and everyone who responds and ask that you then submit a full resume for publication – and of course personal photos, graphics and other things to ‘sell’ yourself will be embraced, encouraged & welcomed!
Good luck out there!
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