Lessons from a First-time Hiring Manager

  1. Spend the time to submit a cover letter
    I was pleasantly overwhelmed to have a few dozen applicants for my job postings within a matter of days. The first way I filtered through them was to look at the cover letter. As a job seeker, the cover letter was always the most painful step. But as a hiring manager, it shows me how much you care about the job.
  2. READ the description and requirements of the job you’re applying for
    If you got the title of the position wrong in your cover letter, or bragged about accomplishments that had nothing to do with what I was looking for, you got dismissed. I was looking for someone who was interested in business model innovation for a new product group. Someone writing about my “mutual fund business analyst” job was barking up the wrong tree.
  3. Consider the hiring manager stupid
    Tell me why your experience in X or Y makes you a great fit. I don’t want to have to read an essay and come to that conclusion myself. Make it easy for me to check the boxes of “yes, this person can do this job”. Don’t give me reasons to question you. Your goal at this stage is to land an interview.

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Sr UX Specialist with Canada Revenue Agency, former web dev and product person. 🔎 Lifelong learner. Unapologetic introvert. Plant-powered marathoner. Cat mom.

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Andrea F Hill

Andrea F Hill

Sr UX Specialist with Canada Revenue Agency, former web dev and product person. 🔎 Lifelong learner. Unapologetic introvert. Plant-powered marathoner. Cat mom.

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