Back in late June a close friend tried to get me into Toronto Hydro as a Material Analyst. It’s been well over a month now and still no call back for an interview. I think it’s pretty safe to say they’re taking a pass on me. Too bad – that would have been a great job with super benefits. I have no doubt I would have shined there. The problem is, they likely had a number of applicants with direct Material Analyst experience. It’s unrealistic to expect them to pass on people with experience and education in that field for someone who can only offer transferable skills and a solid work ethic. When I was hiring people I would always shortlist those who had direct experience over those with more generalized skills. I probably missed out on some quality hires myself, but when you’re dealing with dozens of résumés you don’t have time to vet every one of them. Your shortlist is created based on those with résumés that closely match what you’re looking for. That’s why it’s so important to tweak your résumé and cover letter to each position you are applying for. Sending a generic résumé just won’t cut it in this day and age. HR people are busy and just don’t have the time to give you a chance. Me, I spend a lot of time working on my résumé and cover letter for each job I apply to. It’s onerous, but necessary, if you want to get back to work.