I spent the evening with an old friend of mine I haven't seen in a decade and, among other things, he told me a funny story. Apparently, for about a year he was unemployed. He would send out resume after resume and never get a response. Some friends of his referred him to an HR professional who ran seminars around town on getting through interviews and hiring and all that jazz and she recommended to him that he start following up on all the resumes he's been sending, which he hadn't been doing. The next Monday rolls around and he calls the one he wanted most and tries to follow up. Turns out that they never got his resume in the first place. After talking to the hiring manager and resending it through that guy's personal email account, he immediately gets an offer to interview for a position which he eventually is hired for. He follows up on about 20 more of the resumes he sent out and none of them were received but as soon as people see it, they make offers. Finally, he and one of the people he followed up with figure it all out. His resume never got through any company's spam filters because his last name contains the word "cock". After figuring that out, it began to work for him. Whenever he'd call a company to talk to someone in HR and whoever would kinda try to brush him off, he'd tell them about the spam filter thing and, after hearing their empathy circuits kick in, would get transferred right through.
The moral of that story: I don't frikkin' know. I just thought it was a funny story.
Wish me luck!!!
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