You remember when all you wanted to do was to grow up? Couldn’t wait to get your driver’s license, couldn’t wait to move out and go to college, or get your first “real” job? Well, time flies when you’re having fun, right?
Thinking of applying for a job opening? Whether in between jobs or gainfully employed, people in all stages of their careers are responding to job postings. Hiring managers are pleased to see their inboxes filled with new resumes and eager to find the perfect candidate among them.
In a perfect world all of these resumes would come from highly qualified candidates who are genuinely interested in the position and 100% ready to accept an offer. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. Many are either over or under qualified. Others look great on paper but turn out to have misrepresented themselves. Then there are those applicants who are emailing their resumes to every company and every job opening they can find just to see what happens. Instead of an inbox filled with strong candidates, hiring managers waste too much time sorting through a stack of resumes that ultimately will not result in a new hire.
Many indicators flash when someone is ready to change jobs. Maybe they clean up their resume, start perusing job boards, place a call to their favorite recruiter, or increase the complaint frequency to their friends and family about their professional situation. Sometimes the reasons for evaluating other opportunities are appropriate, but sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes the timing is good, and sometimes it is bad. We have spent a great deal of time as recruiters separating legitimate corporate wounds from those that are not.