I heard from an employer who recently posted a job on FWJ recently and this individual has kindly given me permission to post some comments about the applications that were submitted by FWJ readers.
Just wanted to say thanks again for displaying our ad on your site. We received 11 applications from people who had seen it there, and one of those was perfect for the job. Generally people who applied after seeing the ad through you followed the instructions better than most of the other candidates – you train them well! 😉
This person went on to say:
Basically I was very specific about what I wanted from applicants – what I was really after was proof that they could write well, and original and interesting ideas for articles. And yet it’s amazing how many people ignored what I asked for and sent CVs, or reams and reams about their work experience. I know that people are busy and are applying for many jobs, but it would probably have been quicker to just send what I had asked for. I’d also add that passion and enthusiasm go a VERY long way! It’s obvious that some people had no interest or experience in the field but thought they’d have a go anyway. I’d argue that this approach is extremely unlikely to work, and it’s probably a waste of their time.
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