Even in a digital world, paper is still king when you’re interviewing

With COVID 19 Being in its 2nd year, TV options are getting slim.

A few weeks ago, Jean, my wife, and partner watched a show on Jenna Lyons of J Crew fame and her starting her new career adventure, and it was interesting. It resonated with me as we are about the same age, and a few years ago, I was going in a different direction with my career.

This week we re-watched it, thus my first statement of TV options getting slim, but I’m glad I did.

In one of the episodes, a few of the people vying for a job came to the interview without a resume or a portfolio, and one person even offered to show their portfolio on their phone.

What and thus to my point – Even in an electronic world in the business paper is still King.

The quickest way to get on the shortlist for the circular file is not to be prepared for your interview.

With competition being fierce and global in nature, you need to be prepared.

When I was working in corporate, I was responsible for Talent Acquisition and Employee Development. It is not uncommon for some of our job postings to get hundreds of applications. Now my recruiting team was really good, and most of the time would be on target with the first slate of candidates they would present to the hiring manager.

Let’s do some easy math. If they got 100 applications for a job and would send the manager 3 to 5 resumes and one of them would be hired, you are looking at 3 to 5% of the resumes getting seen by the manager. So if you are part of such a small group, why on earth would someone show up to an interview and not put their best foot forward.

That is just one part of it. Post-interview, it seems that even a simple thank you note is hard to craft. Sending an email is ok for a quick touchpoint, but if you really want to make an impact send one snail mail, so few people do it, you will stand out. Now, this is not a guarantee that you will get the job, but if it’s a true tie between you and someone else, I would like your chances better.

Finally, there is one last topic I want to bring up, and that is Letters of reference.

With so many companies going out of business during the pandemic, I have been urging my clients to get letters of reference from employers if possible. Even if it is just to verify your position and employment dates can really make a difference and should be part of your professional portfolio.

When I coach my one-on-one clients before their interviews, I emphasize the importance of having their documents ready for the interview.

Some of the things like having your resume, references, and reference letters printed and do so on a good quality resume paper. If your a manager or executive, invest in some Crane’s Bond Paper. It’s the stuff the US Treasury prints our money on, and it feels and looks like “Money.”

Keep an eye out in the next few weeks; we will be releasing our next course, Ace That Interview.

Until next time

Keep the faith!


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