New am I as an IT recruiter. Sure, I have interviewed and hired for my own development team, but this new job has me reading hundreds of resumes a week. Here are some observations about reading resumes and talking to job candidates: 1. Canadians do not have as much education as candidates from the USSR and China, 2. I have no idea of the authenticity of many Indian post secondary schools, 3. There is more to life than money, 4. Why post your resume up to a job board when I cannot even contact you?
It did not take me long to observe that of the candidates that post up for work, very few Canadians have much higher education. This was corroborated by my fellow recruiters with a decidedly “Yea, that is not news” comment. If I had the time and energy I could do up statistics of the percentage of the number of Canadian resumes I process, but I would guess it is no more than 5%. Somehow I seem to get as many candidates from Britain and even South Africa. The vast majority of candidates come from the USSR states, China, and India. For companies picky about fluent English the pickings are slim. Canadian candidates also have much more attitude than foreign applicants. There seems to be some sense of entitlement here, and I have no idea why.
There are so many Indian post secondary schools it boggles the mind. How to verify these schools is difficult to say. Some Indian candidates do not even put their schools on their resumes. I am told that Indian recruiters discriminate against fellow Indians due to their caste system. Naive me, treating everyone equally. Hey, you Indian recruiters, stop that!
If I call a candidate up for a position and the first question they ask is “What is the rate?”, a number of red flags raise their ugly heads. What about your skills, your interpersonal and communications skills, and fit with the job requirements? As with most other people I do not like to work with nasty people, good candidate on paper, or not. I suppose it is better to know this early rather than have a company phone back asking me why I sent them such an ignoramus.
If you post your resume up to a job board, you should expect and indeed want others to phone you. Posting up a contact phone number that is out of service, has no answering machine or rings back to some isolated shack in Siberia will not assist in your job search. You need to be available to talk, and no, email will not do. If I call during the day and then in the evening and cannot get to you I will eventually give up. No company will be this persistent.
At least try to make some type of effort at your job search. If I cannot read your resume and find your skill set, then take some constructive advice and think about changing it. While I am only one person, most recruiters will bypass your resume and look for easier pastures. Remember that I am on your side, but I also need to sell your resume to prospective companies. If I do not think your resume will be understood by HR, your job search will stop there. Sometimes simple changes to your resume can make a world of difference.