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:
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
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.