Improve Your Chances of Being Considered For a Job


Applying for Employment: You might be doing it wrong.

If you are thinking about replying to a job posting, make sure you are responding in a way that is going to improve your chances of being considered for a job.

This is an actual response to an employment ad (names have been changed and contact info removed).

The ad:

A candidate we will call ‘Jane’ responded to the job advertisement:

  • what this is about.
    Worked at Women’s & Children’s Hospital in ******** doing just this.
    Details for me please.

99% of recruiters would not have responded to this. The ad clearly states instructions on how to apply for the position. The applicant’s English and grammar are poor. This recruiter obviously has the patience of a saint, because this is their response:

  • I believe the advertisement requested that candidates submit their resume. The positions are home based with pay based on productivity. Our MTs work on different accounts …
    Thank you,
    MT Recruiter

The candidate response:

  • That’s it??? You have no information that you might be able to offer me about how this works?
    Sent from my iPad

The recruiter response:

  • Please forward your resume for consideration.
    Thank you,
    MT Recruiter

Note how professional the Recruiter is? This is a good lesson for all of us. At this point ‘Jane’ sends in her resume which indicates she has been out of the medical field for over 20 years and has been working in real estate for many years.

The recruiter response:

  • Hi Jane,
    We have certain hiring requirements we must follow. MTs have to be certified through a recognized training program and recently qualified as an Acute Care, Tier three MT.  The candidates need to have been tested on English proficiency, grammar and basic medical terminology and then also pass a transcription test with at least 90%.
    We recommend you contact CanScribe Career College if you are interested in a career in Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation.
    MT Recruiter

The candidate response:

  • Thank you for your reply.
    I may not have a Certification, but I do have 30 years of office experience as well as schooling at the University of ****** and have completed the Nursing programme through Women’s & Children’s Hospital in ****** (even though I did not write my RN).  I worked closely with Physicians, Nurses and Technicians of all kinds.
    I find it unfortunate that you would not even give me the consideration to be a part of this work at home programme.  I have probably forgotten more of the Medical Terminology than someone coming out of a MT programme will ever have.
    Thank you for your time.

The recruiter response:

  • Hello ‘Jane’
    If you would like to test for the position, please click on the following link and follow the instructions to take the MT test.
    Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Testing
    Thank you,

There are a few very important steps that Jane missed in this job application:

Follow the application instructions carefully!

This is probably the first time you will come in contact with the employer, and it is true that first impressions are extremely important. In order to handle job applications in a professional and efficient manner, employers have certain processes that they ask applicants to follow. This employer asked that the applicant simply submit their resume. If ‘Jane’ wanted more information about the job, she should have submitted her professional resume and waited to be contacted by the recruiter. The interview is the perfect time to ask questions about the position.

When responding to a job advertisement, follow directions. Customize your cover letter and resume to the job position. So often recruiters receive resumes that state the Objective is to work as a ‘dental receptionist’ when the job they are applying for is for a ‘legal assistant’.

Proofread your correspondence.

Editing your correspondence and documents for errors is critical during any step in the job process, especially for a Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation position. How can the recruiter recommend ‘Jane’ to a Medical Transcription Service Organization to accurately transcribe and edit important medical records when she can’t even proofread her own job application? If you are contacting a recruiter or employer, make sure you use proper grammar, correct spelling and punctuation. That will determine whether you and your skills are taken seriously enough to be contacted for an interview. A single spelling mistake can send your resume to the bowels of the shredding machine.

Follow up properly.

If you don’t receive a response, don’t be combative. Simply resend the same email. State that it was sent this on {date}, you are very interested in the position and wanted to ensure the recruiter had received your initial email. Some job postings get 100’s of resumes and it takes a while to go through them and get people testing.

Don’t burn bridges!

People talk. Recruiters from different companies talk to each other and many recruiters will phone a school to get a reference on a graduate. Always maintain a high level of professionalism in all of your dealings. There’s enough competition out there as it is so don’t inhibit your chances. You want everyone singing your accolades and recommending you for employment.

‘Jane’ did not test. If she had, and passed, it is very doubtful that she would have been considered for employment. Why, you ask? ‘Jane’ demonstrated that she does not follow instructions, that she is combative and does not edit and proofread her communication, and that she feels she is entitled to the position. If Jane had followed the instructions correctly and included the first part of her last comment (about her Nursing experience) into her resume, she would have left a much better impression on the recruiter. It is possible that if she tested well, she would have been considered for employment.

If you are looking to apply for a MT position, visit the Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation Recruiter and follow the instructions to apply.