One of my first tasks at my new job, hilariously, is to hire someone.
I’ve requested certain information (really, two words) to be put in the email subject, just so I can quickly sort through candidates. Many, many people don’t do it. Also, why don’t people list their basic qualifications in their email? I have hundreds (not an exaggeration) of replies. I don’t have time to open each resume attachment to verify if you actually are qualified. You’ve got exactly 2 seconds for me to scan the email. If I don’t see anything in the email body but “My resume is attached, please contact me with any questions” then you go right into the discard pile.
I feel bad for job applicants. Man, I was just there. I know. But, damnit, I followed instructions to the letter and always, always, ALWAYS had a short cover letter in the email detailing which qualifications from the job ad I happened to possess.
Not kidding, job applicants. Anyone screening resumes these days is swamped. Don’t make it harder on them.
I now totally understand why so many ads stuff like have “You MUST have X. We’re not kidding! Absolutely no chance of you getting this job without X. DO NOT reply. We won’t even consider you.”