Are spam filters blocking out resumes of good potential applicants? Yes, and many of them.
Few companies are talking about it, but e-mails containing job seekers' resumes are among the files commonly being deleted, according to recruiting-technology experts.
It is difficult to gauge just how widespread the problem is -- in some cases neither companies nor job seekers are notified about e-mails that simply are deleted by spam-filtering systems. Yet, since many employers now advise applicants to send resumes via e-mail rather than the post office, the issue is becoming a big headache for job seekers as well as companies.
Several work-arounds for applicants and companies:
- Test your emails with spam filters before sending it to make sure it isn't being flagged as spam.
- Send a hard copy of your resume through postal mail.
- Follow up with phone calls to make sure your email was received.
The article describes one applicant's resume being flagged as spam because he included the phrase:
magna cum laude
So the applicant changed it to:
with high honors