What You Need to Know About
a Hiring Manager
Hiring managers are not in an enviable position
They have to work long hours, interview a multitude of job applicants each day, make hiring decisions that are often very difficult and they have to meet with a variety of department managers throughout the company in which they work to learn more about vacant positions.
How important do you think it is that a hiring manager makes a good hiring choice? Their whole job is dependent upon making good hiring decisions.
For that reason, employment managers have to be extra careful about the resumes they select and the candidates they choose to interview.
For each job vacancy at a company, hundreds of resumes can be sent in for consideration. Reading each of those resumes takes time. The initial screening of each resume is a quick process. Anything that stands out (in a bad way) will cause the resume to be eliminated from any further consideration.
At the same time, the screener is also looking for a select group of keywords that attest to your having knowledge of and/or experience handling the responsibilities of the position.
Remember that all of the people within Human Resources are under tight deadlines to fill positions with qualified and personable people.
Do you think a hiring manager is going to give you the benefit of the doubt when he or she has over a hundred other resumes of job candidates to consider? Not likely.
If there is one thing that you can be assured of, very few decisions made by anyone in Human Resources are based on personal bias. What does that mean for you? It means you don't need to take their decision not to hire you personally. It's not about YOU, it's about your lack of accomplishments, qualifications – or possibly your lack of a well-written resume.
Make your resume spotless
The best thing you can do is to make sure your resume is spotless and includes the appropriate keywords for your field/industry. Make it easy for the people in Human Resources to want to read your resume. You have to get past that initial screening, so proofread your resume to ensure it is perfectly written. It's always good to have someone else proofread it, too.
If you can make it past that initial resume review, you have a much better chance of being called for an interview. That's the whole purpose of the resume.
If you are finished reading about Hiring Managers, you also might want to read about "Suitable Attire" which talks about what to wear when interviewing AND on the job
You might also be interested in this article titled "Boost Your Resume"