A couple of years ago, I was privileged to have the opportunity to discuss with a top recruitment manager in one of the oil producing majors. During the course of the conversation, I told her about instances of cases where friends and I had seen job vacancies in the career section of the company’s website that we felt we were absolutely qualified for. My question to the recruiter was why we were never shortlisted or invited for a chat.
Amongst the plethora of reasons she gave me, one stood out.
She told me that sometimes, the number of received applications is quite significant and they have to figure out a way of shortening the list. One way they shorten the list is by filtering and running queries.
This means, no matter how qualified you are, if you do not appear on the short list, your resume may never be reviewed.
So one trick I figured out that works and puts you on the short list is to find a way of listing competing companies on your resume. For example, if you need a job with Shell, then you should have names like Exxon, Chevron, etc. somewhere on your resume. The idea is that the recruiters may be thinking of poaching from these companies. So when they query by such names, you remain on the list.
Now, don’t just go and start listing names. Rather use phrases like,
“An engineer who had the opportunity to interact with teams from Shell, Chevron, Mobil, Addax, …..”
Good luck in your job search.
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Sep 28, 2015
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