In the San Francisco Bay Area, getting the job you want depends on a lot of variables. From automated technology résumé systems to over specialized job descriptions, the Bay Area has it all. While vendors have designed much of the current infrastructure for candidate selection and evaluation to simplify the life of hiring managers and recruiters, generally, vendors have done little to make things easier for applicants.
For many Bay Area job seekers, the Internet has increased the level of competition to the point of absurdum by making every job announcement a global news release. Conversely, for many Bay Area organizations, résumé systems have depersonalized applicants down to the point of making many recruiters and hiring managers indifferent to the deeper personal strengths that make job applicants great employees.
Naturally, these developments are accepted by recruiters and hiring managers because on the surface these technologies appear to dramatically reduce the cost of an organization’s hiring process. What a world it would be if recruiters could realize their dream for a more effective and less costly recruiting process.
If you are willing to search for it, you can find the fundamental truth that drives the trend to automate the hiring process. It is neither business rationale nor entrepreneurship. Rather recruiters and hiring managers are like everyone else; they seek the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, this path has historically remained obscure whenever the hiring manager had to match the best applicant to a specific job. Seeking the path of least resistance in a profession that is fraught with complexity requires a nifty balancing act that remains well beyond the capability of most human beings.
Today’s suggestion in your career design: Whether you are considering the health care industry or the excitement of Silicon Valley, the recruiter and hiring manager is not working for you. Enlist their aid. Get them on your side by simplifying their jobs. If they cannot use you for one position, get them to think about you for another. They will do this if it makes sense to them. Believe in yourself. It will make sense if they find that you are a pleasant person who keeps things simple for them. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]
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Copyright (c) Raymond L. Newkirk, Psy.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Ph.D. January 20, 2011