Do you acknowledge receipt of a Resume?

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As someone who has been interviewing candidates for 30+ years I always have wondered if Fellow Chefs take the time to at the least acknowledge that someones sent you a resume. For the most part, if a qualified candidate forwards me their work history, I always take the 30 seconds to reply to them. Granted it's pretty much a generic note stating that I've received their information  and if it matches up to my needs, I'll be getting back to them. Best of luck...blah blah blah. But not so much if the candidate isn't even close to meeting the qualifications for as we all know, time is never on our side!!....Just askin'
 
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Last time I advertised I got 40 replies that is far too many replies to write.....I never got any replies if people who were looking weren't interested. I guess it is just the way it is here....

Usually only successful candidates are contacted
 
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Last time I advertised I got 40 replies that is far too many replies to write.....I never got any replies if people who were looking weren't interested. I guess it is just the way it is here....

Usually only successful candidates are contacted
I just saw you were from London. Interesting to hear how Chefs around the world go about they business. I've found here in New England everyone replies. I received over 100 responses last time I posted a job. I then found out it would behoove me to post a salary because most of the candidates who replied were just looking to better themselves financially. Many weren't even close to the qualifications that I laid out in the post, but of the 20 or so I thought had potential, I replied to out of professional courtesy and kept their resume on file. When I reposted the job a month later with a salary range, I got 1 third the replies of which 10 of those 20 reapplied. Those were the ones I phone screened and then brought  the top 5 to meet in person. All those 5 thanked me for responding initially. 
 
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On my last job all mail was opened in the office and the owner scanned all resumes. I only got to see the ones he was interested in hiring . All did get a reply. The rejects did get their resume back. All other resumes then came to me to pick from for an interview with me and the owner .
 
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Usually not.

When I do advertise, I state quite clearly that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

If someone emails me out of the blue, I don't acknowledge unless I either want to meet them, or I don't ever, never, want to meet them( thank you very much but we have no vacancies for the forseeable future...)

With all that being said, if someone actually walks into my shop and drops off a resume, I will take a minute and chat them up, regardless if I'm pulling a 18hr day or not.......
 
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On my last job all mail was opened in the office and the owner scanned all resumes. I only got to see the ones he was interested in hiring . All did get a reply. The rejects did get their resume back. All other resumes then came to me to pick from for an interview with me and the owner .
Why did the owner not allow you to pick and choose who you might have thought would be a good fit?
 
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Usually not.

When I do advertise, I state quite clearly that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

If someone emails me out of the blue, I don't acknowledge unless I either want to meet them, or I don't ever, never, want to meet them( thank you very much but we have no vacancies for the forseeable future...)

With all that being said, if someone actually walks into my shop and drops off a resume, I will take a minute and chat them up, regardless if I'm pulling a 18hr day or not.......
What about those who send you their resumes 2 or 3 times because they don't know if you received it or not?
 
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I have a few different generic replies stored in word. I shoot something out to everyone when we post a job. 1 for unqualified, 1 for over qualified,1 for please forward a portpholio, etc. The one I use the most is for the career changers. Anyone who has baked a cake at home wants to get into the industry. It happens more than not. I think they watch the TV shows where everybody is smiling and having a good time. I don't know.
 
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I reply if there aren't 200 resumes but definitely if they dropped it off or otherwise made themselves known, not just through the resume. 

I would like to take this opportunity to state that when I have a candidate to interview, I actually read the resume and ask them questions based on what they put down. 

As a candidate, I can't stand it when someone is interviewing me after they have had my resume for days and the first statement is "So tell me about yourself". As I reply, it typically becomes obvious they don't seem to have read my resume in any detail. This may be typical but I find it very annoying.
 
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Here's the funny thing....

About ten years ago we sold our catering biz. After a nice long holiday, I contacted a head hunter and asked them if they would accept my resume. Not only would they accept it, but they were very specific about its format and content. So I send off one. A week goes by, nothing. After two weeks I contact them and ask for confirmation, thats all, just that they recieved it. They wouldn't confirm, wouldn't tell me how long they kept resumes on file, nothing. Ah, w.t.f., I went on to other things.

Here's where it gets funny. Five years later, and I'm well into running my chocolate business, I get this phone call out of the blue. Its the head hunter, has an immediate opening for a Chef at a catering business, when can I come down for an interview? Took all my self control not to laugh or to give the guy royal sh*t over the phone....
 
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