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IT hiring manager skeleton in a suit and wig

The skeletons in a hiring manager's closet

October 24, 2016

By CIO (Corpse Information Officer)

Welcome to our week of Halloween blogs. Join us every day for spooky suggestions about job searching and—more importantly—IT costume ideas for procrastinators. With pictures (because we're not afraid to embarrass ourselves for your amusement). 

Today behold a hiring manager's darkest secrets ... if you dare: 

1. She barely glanced at your carefully crafted resume!

Many job search articles misunderstand a much-quoted study saying employers spend just six seconds looking at your resume. Read the fine print and you’ll see a more typical scenario is a recruiter gives your CV a quick initial scan—mostly for job titles and dates—then goes back and reviews it in detail … if it catches their interest in those six seconds. In fact, recruiters scan your resume in much the same way you perused this blog’s subtitles to see if it was worth reading.  

2. He peeped on your social media accounts!

Yup, and that doesn’t mean he just looked your LinkedIn profile to see if it matched your resume. (It does match your resume, right? Because employers are definitely checking.) 

Whether you like it or not, the hiring manager probably looked for you on Twitter for evidence of good communication and judgment. Or just to get a sense of what kind of person you are (funny? arrogant?) or if you’re passionate about your field. Google Plus accounts, GitHub and Stack Overflow profiles are also fair game.

3. She has no idea what’s in the job description!

Ah, the lowly job description. Many hiring managers fail to even review it before sending a role for HR to post, or worse, let HR write the darned thing. Which is how you end up with job ads asking for eight years of experience in a three-year-old technology.

We know poorly written job descriptions frustrate for job seekers. They’re simultaneously bloated with corporate jargon and undescriptive of the job and environment. You can’t tell by reading them if you’re qualified for the job. 

Job descriptions deserve better, so TEKsystems recruiters don’t kid around about them. We help hiring managers drill down to the crucial skills and traits needed for success, and then convey that to you as clearly as we can. Check out our job postings.

A few tips for figuring out what a job description really means:

35 “required” skills

You probably only need the first three

8 years of experience

Often inflated; apply if you’re within a year or two

Industry experience required

Depends on the employer; if you’re in a highly regulated industry, it’s probably more important than if you’re in, say, retail

Coming tomorrow: Boo! Is your job description scaring away IT talent? 

And don't forget to check back later this week for IT costumes for the lazy.

For now, read about our free training offerings for TEKsystems consultants—and how it can help your career—starting with ITIL Foundation. 

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