RE: Leprosy?

Subject: RE: Leprosy?
From: Lippincott Richard J Contr GIGSG/KZ <Richard -dot- Lippincott -at- hanscom -dot- af -dot- mil>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 08:08:19 -0400

Peter Neilson asked:

>Anyone have any suggestions on how to solve what
>appears to be an HR-department's problem?

It could be that the web submissions of resumes aren't getting through (we really have no way of knowing). Or it could be that when they read your resume they just don't see you as being the perfect candidate for the job. I don't mean that second possibility to be disrespectful, because they very well could be wrong.

About a year ago I saw a job posted on Monster, thought I was perfect for it, and submitted a resume to an organization we'll call "Company A." Never heard back from them. Not a peep. No FOAD, no acknowledgement of receipt of the resume. Nothing.

About a month later, I got a call from a friend who said "I've learned of a job and I think you're the right person for it." Based on her advice, I submitted a resume to "Company B." I got a call back from Company B almost immediately, they liked the resume.

Turns out both Company A and Company B were contract houses working to fill the same open position (I didn't realize this until a little later). Company A apparently felt they had somebody who was a better candidate than me. Company B submitted me.

I got the job.

And to this day I still haven't heard back from Company A.

So it just goes to show that although you may feel that you're the best candidate for the job, the company might disagree. But then again, they may well be making a mistake when they disagree.

(I do sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and realize that I beat a person who beat me for the job, which means in some weird recursive way I beat myself for the job. Or something like that. I'm not sure exactly.)

--Rick Lippincott
Bedford, MA


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