Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the April 23, 2001 issue of QuintZine.
Follow-up should occur at more than one stage of the job search. Here’s a tip for following up an e-mailed resume submission to a company’s Web site. In their syndicated column, Kate Wendleton and Dale Dauten advise mailing a hard-copy version of your resume and cover letter as a follow up to an online submission through the employer’s site.
“As it nears the time to actually make the decision about whom to interview,” Dauten writes, “paper has the advantages: Managers can easily take a stack of resumes to lunch or on a bus; they can circle items of interest or make notes right on the resume; the person leading the hiring can sit with colleagues and look together at the candidates’ qualifications; and finally, many hiring managers will use resumes in interviews.” Dauten adds that mailing a paper version ensures that the resume will arrive looking the way you intended, “while having both versions circulating can only improve your chances of your resume ending up in front of the right pair of eyes.”
Wendleton adds that if the response is positive, you should ask probing questions to get at exactly what type of person the company wants to hire. That way you can plan an approach to a second-chance interview that targets what the employer wants.
Cutter Consortium reports that 87 percent of the companies it surveyed allowed telecommuting, but 53 percent said fewer than 5 percent of their employees worked from home. None of the respondents said that more than half of their employees worked from home.
Two thirds of those polled also said that their telecommuting employees only work from home for one day each week. Cutter says that most employees telecommute only if they cannot travel to work because of bad weather or a personal or family emergency.
The respondents said the biggest advantages of telecommuting were that workers had more flexibility, companies could hire workers that might not otherwise be available, and that less time and money is spent on commuting.
The biggest disadvantages cited were the belief of managers that workers need supervision, security concerns, and the conflicts that can arise between an employee’s work and home life.
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