Today, I applied for a job. Or, rather, I have been applying for many, since I wrote this on my old Ramble About Writing blog back in 2012. We’ve all been there, and many of us are pretty familiar with the process. First, we re-vamp the resume…
|Wanna hire me? I take consulting/promotional work!
Then we write up a cover-letter that tries to make us seem skilled without sounding self-centered. Then we just hit ctrl+p, grab an envelope and a stamp, and…
No, wait, that’s not how most companies handle resumes anymore. And why should they? There are trees to protect! And not to mention that there are, like, tons of people applying for each job. Let’s start by looking at the education field: I’ve competed against 800 people for a single, one-year-long job as a teacher. Assuming one can even keep one’s resume down to one page (is that one too many ones?), that’s two sheets for each person. Forget a “stack” of resumes, we’re talking about an entire crate, easy. So, naturally, my area devised an automated resume-handling system called “On-Line Application System,” or OLAS. If you think this article is going to complain about OLAS, you’re wrong.