After having the earlier “down” post about the job search and the unrelated mental regurgitation (only partly digested, it seems, on reflection), I figure it’s worth taking a few minutes to highlight the fact that not every company, not every recruiter is so callous toward applicants, and that gives me hope.

CyberCoders

I’m going to call out the organization by name, but not the individual recruiter (yet), because as it turns out, I’ve submitted for jobs represented by different recruiters. It’s just worked out that way, and I’m going to give them all the opportunity to stand out like one particular has so far. No, she did not find me a job yet (and it’s always possible the communication I received was a polite way of saying “no thanks”), but the key here is that I did receive a response.

I only speak for myself officially, but I would be highly surprised to find that other professionals feel differently; any non-form-letter response immediately makes that company/recruiter/organization automatically register higher on the “pay attention to them” scale. In times of high unemployment, it may take time to place even highly-skilled professionals/executives, but keeping actual communication lines open helps boost seeker morale and if, as I expect is the case, placements are the basis for at least a portion of a recruiter’s compensation, I know I will be looking more toward at least one recruiter over others. To her, I offer a somewhat anonymous “Thank you” (and yes, I’ve already sent the direct message of thanks.)

Find the organization at http://www.cybercoders.com

A Local Unnamed (for the moment) Company

I don’t know if the gentleman I will anonymously refer to here was simply checking a box or actually following up on my direct application, but a basic “please send your resumé” followup from an online submission gives me hope for the overall search. A human actually saw the submission. A human asked for more information (probably because the “resumé editor” on their site ate my pasted content) but still, real human interaction. Do I take from the single email that I’m getting hired? No, I’m not that delirious. But like the CyberCoders example, and as a second counter-point to my previous missive, it gives me hope when there is real interaction. (Yes, I can tell that this was a human email and not a bot or autoresponder.) So to this company and person, I also say thank you!

If You’re Actually Reading This…

… and you expect to get some world-bending revelation, I suppose it’s always possible but the reality is that I’m just taking a few minutes here and there to express the thoughts of the moment. If I find out what works and what doesn’t, I’ll be happy to share, but I have no magic wand to wave. Experience and skills, regardless of how extensive, still need to fit with a company’s goals (or be overwhelming enough when discussed to create an appropriate position) in order to bring their value out into the open. Different geographies and different state and corporate labor pools and workforce expectations play a major role in this. Finding a great match at the right time and in the right place is, well, damned difficult.

Follow me on the journey if you like, and if you’re on your own journey, may the stars align for you and you at least encounter real humans early in your search. It helps.