Friday, July 09, 2010


I am back in the mode of reviewing resumes once again, something I rather enjoyed in my government job of many years.  I had forgotten just how varied they can be.
This time I’m helping recruit an executive director for my synagogue.  It’s a critical role, so it’s really important to find the right person.
We have had dozens of applicants for the position, including several rabbis and several other people who never mention the word Jewish in their application.
What is interesting first of all is that everything is done electronically, contrary to the above picture that shows someone filling out an application.  People who seem to know what they are doing include a cover letter and a resume with an electronic signature.
My first pass through the applicants divided them into 3 groups:
-- A small number of those who are obviously not interested in Judaism, but are simply interested in a job.  Several of these were poorly written or difficult to read.
-- About half that seemed overqualified for the job, undoubtedly wanting a higher salary than we can pay.
-- The remaining group that seemed like they might be a good fit and not want an unreasonably high salary.  In many of them there was a phrase that caught my eye and my interest.
I’ll make another pass through them tomorrow.  For now my eyes are bleary from a long drive and too many hours staring at applications.  Oddly enough, this is one of the parts of my old job that I miss.  I was good at hiring people.  


Blogger Steve Reed said...

My only advice is to keep in mind that many experienced people now need a job, and may be willing to work for a salary lower than their experience would suggest!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve -- Someone else on the hiring committee reminded me of the exact same thing. I'm fairly sure a couple of the candidates are unemployed. I'm amazed at the high caliber of most of the applicants. There are a number that would probably do quite a good job.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

A terrible job market might mean you get someone you never thought you could afford. It's definitely different than it was a few years ago.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Rayna said...

I would not assume that an "overqualified" person wouldn't be right for the job. Please don't eliminate somebody because you think they have too much experience.
I spent many years as a career transition counselor for people who had been dowsized - trust me on this.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I hear everyone telling me not to throw anyone out because I think they want too much money. But my thinking is I would rather find someone who is truly happy with what we have to offer to the point where he/she wants to stay for 5-10 years and is not just using the job as a stepping stone to something better-paying. There are a lot of things to be weighed in this consideration. I am but one of several people sorting through all these applications. It will be interesting to see what the others come up with.

9:30 AM  

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