“91% of managers polled say cover letters are valuable when evaluating job candidates,” says a recent study from Office Team. Greythorn’s Director of Technology Practice, Nate Ollestad responds, “I believe the opposite. 9 times out of 10 I will pick the resume and skip the cover letter.”
In 2010, Paul Winchester, Managing Director of Greythorn UK noted, “a formal covering letter is an anachronism from a time when the recruitment process was less time sensitive. Our clients are time poor, which is often part of the reason why we have been engaged in the first place, so any superfluous content in the application will be overlooked.”
KBTC sought Nate’s expertise regarding employment trends seen at Greythorn as the digital age continues to ramp up.
Does the resume still play a role in job seeking?
Absolutely. Resumes are still very critical in terms of getting your foot in the door of a company. Remember the basics, the fundamentals of job seeking. A well written resume includes detailed work experience that compliments the position you are applying for. Many clients will not interview a candidate unless they receive a resume first. Best practice is to highlight your skills as best you can without running into other topics, but tailor your resume for the position. There is value in adding buzzwords to get companies to notice you.
Is a cover letter valuable?
“9 times out of 10 I will pick the resume and skip the cover letter,” asserts Ollestad. “Cover letters are not that effective for our line of work. What have you actually done? You can spin a cover letter any way you want to.” Focus on technical fit, job history, explaining any gaps in employment and outline your previous duties more specifically.
Has social media changed the face of job seeking?
At Greythorn, we work to find out who this person [applicant] really is. They are evaluated on cultural, technical and personal fit.
We are now in an industry where you have to step outside of the box – which means more than sending your resume and hoping for a response. “Prior to making an introduction to a client, I Google search their name to find blogs, articles, social media sites, LinkedIn, etc,” says Ollestad. “LinkedIn is absolutely critical – it should function as your online resume.”
To view the entire interview, please visit http://www.kbtc.org/page.php?id=699
Interview begins at about 17:30
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