Employers Reject Résumés. Why You Should Stop Sending Them.

August 26, 2016 by Joshua
in Inc.com

My Inc.com story today, “Employers Reject Résumés. Why You Should Stop Sending Them.” begins

Employers Reject Résumés. Why You Should Stop Sending Them.

Nobody gives a final yes to a résumé. But they do give final no’s. What to do instead.

A well-placed woman, “Jane,” who saw me speak on a panel began the process of offering me a job. To put me in touch with her boss, Jane asked for my résumé.

I told her I preferred not to send it.

Why did I decline?

The role would complement my personal projects and had autonomy, leadership, and the opportunity to grow. My résumé looks great and fit the role.

The problem with résumés

I avoid sending résumés because people don’t approve résumés. People reject them.

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2 responses on “Employers Reject Résumés. Why You Should Stop Sending Them.

  1. Thanks for posting this interesting article, Josh. With LinkedIn being the social media for networking and finding new work, is it better to reach out to the person who posts a job than send a resume (if after researching the company there isn’t someone you know)?

    Thanks!

    • Any time.

      I favor direct human contact over impersonal online communications so I would reach out first. If you have no connection to a company, I would think of how to create that connection first. If you share interests with people in it, I would expect creating a connection isn’t that hard.

      How to do so depends on the details of the person, the company, and the people in the company. You asked about researching people there. That’s passive. You can also actively reach out to them or to people in your network closer to them. I walk clients through processes like this and creating connections is easier and more effective than most people expect.

      I hope that helps.

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