Friday, July 31, 2009

FoaF-in', Part Two

So I, uh, spoke with my friend again, and heard that Lance scored an appointment with the HR recruiter who as in charge of that director job. It was a phone call, so Lance called from a closed door conference room.

Lance explained that he was a bit confused by the HR rep's message that he didn't have any relevant experience, since the past four years had been management of exactly the kind they wanted, and the four years before that had been management in a closely related field, with several years of experience in those fields on top of the management experience. The HR rep stammered for a few moments.

Once she composed herself, she told Lance that there were three issues:

  1. Lance wasn't a manager when he applied. (Lance had been a manager up until three weeks before applying.) She said that dropping out of management raised a big red flag. (She must have been out of the office when the big company-wide reorganization cut the number of management positions.)
  2. Lance's resume was entered into the system the wrong way. More specifically, it was entered into the system in the way the online instructions said was the preferred way, but the real preferred way was as a Word attachment rather than being typed directly into the online application.
  3. Neither Lance's old boss nor his new boss had told the recruiter to keep on the lookout for Lance's resume. This is not surprising, since the old boss was dealing with a demotion and a new team, and the new boss was also dealing with a new team that was twice the size of his/her old one.
Lance addressed each of these issues in turn and took the opportunity to provide a one-minute recap of his experience and qualifications. The HR rep apologized profusely and admitted that Lance should definitely have been on the short list for an interview, but that it was too late to do anything about it. Lance should send his resume to her, and she will offer some suggestions to improve it and maybe keep an eye open for other positions in Really BigCorp.

All is that ends, Lance supposes. He will sit tight in his current job and try to massage his resume so that when the new annual funding cycle opens up new opportunities, he is ready to give it another go.

5 comments:

crankylitprof said...

Lance is a better person that I am. I would have been speaking through clenched teeth and imagining pulling the HR Reps' limbs asunder.

M&M said...

I might be talking to the Ethics Department, if ReallyBigCo had such a thing, and find out what your other options are. HR Recruiter messed up BIG time and Lance shouldn't be paying for those mistakes.

Shay said...

Is her name Catbert?

GDad said...

Catherine Berthold....

son of a....

GirlyWarrior said...

Shit luck, man