NotJobs: Repetition as the Root of Insanity

27 April 2013 at 12:38AM Leave a comment

A little bit of advice for the applicants who continue to submit the same resume/cover letter/application to the same company time after time after time.


If it didn’t get you an interview last time, what makes you think that it will get you an interview this time?

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.

This type of job search action usually indicates a desperate but lazy job seeker. “Desperate” because they are obviously making an effort to find different employment. “Lazy” because it looks like they can’t be bothered to take even a few minutes to update the information they submit.

Perhaps the good Doctor said it best:

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The tips and take-aways are, “Always update your personal information, resume and other job search weapons, before submitting to a job opening.”


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My Core Ideas

1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

About the Author

Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.


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