When you apply for a job, read the job posting!
I am constantly amazed by the number of job candidates who apply for a position without reading the job posting. We are currently hiring for three positions:
- Agile .NET Developer
- Agile .NET Developer Internship
- Graphics Designer
All three involve *doing* something in order to be considered for the position - for the developer positions it requires completing a code sample and sending it in with your resume. For the graphics designer position, it requires putting together a fun design and sending it in with resume.
I have not kept accurate numbers (since we have run the postings for a while now with lots of applicants) but roughly 1 out 2 candidates for the developer positions and a whopping 4 out of 5 candidates for the graphics designer position do not submit their design/code. If I receive 20 applications in two days and your application is canned and does not include the design/code - then guess what happens to yours? ... it gets DELETED. Can you believe that there are many applicants who just send a resume without even a cover letter?
If you can't bother to read a job posting, why do you expect someone else to bother reading your resume?
It is truly amazing that some people believe their resume alone will make them stand out - I imagine many companies don't even open the resume if the applicant hasn't met the requirements of the job posting - I know we don't.
A job is an significant part of our lives and should be treated with importance.
When you next apply for a job:
- Read the job posting entirely.
- Submit any additional samples/code as required.
- Research the company, understand what they do and why you might want to work there.
- Write a good cover letter explaining what you find interesting about the company, team or position.
Take these simple steps and you will stand out.
We are hiring! Do you want to write beautiful code in a Test Driven, Refactored, Agile .NET software company in the heart of Washington DC and work on cool products? Take the code test and send your resume along with why you want to join Thycotic to email@example.com. (don't forget to read the job posting! :))