Jan 012013

One more thing on getting noticed that I found annoying. I specifically remembered applying for a job at a fast growing company that was new to the Portland area with the job title of Operations Analyst. I applied for the job and was excited about the opportunity because I was very interested in working for this company. Then I got the email…

The ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ email. This one was different though. I could tell that it came from someone’s work email address and not a  No-Reply style email script. I responded immediately stating that I was disappointed and asked why I wasn’t being considered. I felt like I was very highly qualified for the position and it caught me off guard to not be considered. A few moments later, she responded stating that they were looking for people with more experience. I let it go at that point but I probably should have pushed back again. You see, I have 15 years of applicable experience for that position but it seemed like she couldn’t see that by looking at my resume. I believe that that was because the job title, Operations Analyst, doesn’t appear on my resume.

IT positions are called a variety of things and the one at my previous company had a very creative name. I believe that the recruiter for this position skimmed my resume and when she didn’t see the phrase Operations Analyst listed as job experience, she moved on.

In hindsight, I wish I had gone back and forth with her. I doubt she would have responded to another email from me but I guess I felt like I needed to prove a point. If she had taken the time to read my resume, she’d have seen that I was highly qualified and a good candidate for the position. My current employer did and they hired me on under the job title of Operations Analyst…

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