We recently found ourselves in need of a part time paralegal, which afforded me the opportunity observe and offer insights into the recruitment and hiring process. Here is how it started:
I placed an employment ad on a job site, explaining that we were looking for a part time paralegal. I stressed this point, imploring people not to apply if they were really interested in full time work.
I like prospective employees to apply a certain way, so the ad directed them to a prior article on this blog, entitled, “One Employer’s View of Job Hunting Screw-ups.” I asked that they read the article before submitting their resume. The article made these strong suggestions:
1. Read the listing carefully to make sure you understand what the employer is seeking;
2. Always submit resumes as PDF files, not in Word format (unless requested to do so); and
3. Target the employer.
I received 57 emails over a five day period. Out of those 57 applicants: ↓ Read the rest of this entry…