Recently, as I perused employment listings, I was delighted to see an addition to the usual generic job posting:

“Questions? Please contact:  job poster@prospectiveemployer.soandso”

I had questions.  I included them in a concise and courteous message, along with my resume. I said that I would be very appreciative of any feedback before filing my formal application electronically.

I told myself I would allow 48 hours for a response before just going ahead and filing my application.

Within 24 hours, I saw the email. Hooray! My effort was rewarded. I clicked in anticipation, and saw this:

“Dear Applicant,

We thank you for your interest in (prospective employer.)  Please ensure that you also make application to the ( position) listed on the (prospective employer) HR website.  We will be screening the applicant pool for those candidates who most closely match the job description.  Your resume and cover letter should reflect that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Again, thank you for your interest,

(Person posting the job , direct phone line and email address)”

I’m still trying to decide whether or not to bother filing the application.