A reader writes…
I manage my company’s website and frequently receive webmaster emails with a résumé attached. No subject line. No explanation. Nothing. It drives me crazy. What would you say to people who are clearly just throwing their résumé at the wall to see what sticks? As a hiring manager, would you even consider these “candidates?”
My answer to you is plain and simple. NO I would NOT consider these unsolicited candidates, and I would say to these people that they should stop being so lazy. (Job seekers… I hope you are paying attention!)
No company (that I’ve heard of) would welcome a random résumé that doesn’t include some sort of introduction, salutation, or cover letter explaining its purpose – or even the job of interest. The “spray and pray” technique (in which job seekers blast their résumé at any and every website in hopes of getting a call) has no chance in my book. As most of my readers would attest, the hunt for a job requires a lot of leg work, strategy, practice, and determination. While I realize people are desperately trying to get their name out there… I am not a big fan of this approach and would be surprised if any hiring manager actually took such résumés seriously.
Maybe I stand alone on this one.
Hiring Managers / Supervisors / Recruiters… how do you feel about receiving résumés on your website (sent to the generic “webmaster” email address) without a subject line or any explanation whatsoever?
Look forward to hearing from you!