- Read the ad for comprehension.
- Read the damn ad again. Pay attention to the job requirements.
- If the ad says “Fill out the application, do not write ‘See Resume’,” DO THIS. Failing to do this means your application will be branded “NO HISTORY.”
- Understand that every software application, specific location, environment, operating system, and skill is a KEYWORD.
- Ensure that EVERY keyword is found somewhere in your experience or SKA list.
- Understand your application either by a bot or by human with bot-like emotions in HR with one point for each required skill or experience. If those are not evident to a non-expert in your field, you receive a ZERO.
- Understand the hiring manager (me) cannot elevate your application if required skills are not discernible to a field expert and justifiable to the bot.
- Before submitting your application, read the job ad AGAIN, SIDE BY SIDE with your application.
- Do not submit until you have repeated items 1-8.
- Understand this final thing – I have to interview everyone at or above the score I choose. If I have 50 applicants, with five at each of 10 point levels, and you are an 8, do you really think I am going to interview 15 people just to give you a chance? Probably not.
- Repeat steps 8 & 9.
- Submit. Pray. Wait. Despair.
A list of people not to include as references. This is an exceedingly short list, so it is not hard avoid:
- Your family. i.e.:
- Your spouse.
- Your parent(s) or grands.
- Your siblings.
- Your parents siblings.
We automatically assume your family will give you a good reference, especially if you owe them money. Just for kicks, if you have an ex-spouse from a badly failed marriage, you can include their contact information just for the sheer entertainment value.