First, let’s talk about how to find out what jobs are open at HP. What’s the primary source of job postings for HP jobs? Our website. If a job is open to external applications, you’ll find it at www.hp.com/go/jobs. You will find jobs all over the world on this single site.
Friends have told me that they assume if they see one or many of our jobs on another job board, that must be the whole list of what we’ve got open. That’s not the case.
Tip#1: While we do post some of our jobs on job boards and other places to increase visibility to some of our open positions, there are many more jobs available on our website than you’ll find anywhere else.
Next, how to get your resume into HP.
There are a few ways to get your resume into HP. The broadest way is to submit your profile in general. If the right position for you isn’t showing on the website at the time you’re looking, this is a great way to at least let us know who you are, and it gives us insight into your experience.
The more direct way to apply is to submit an application to each individual position that meets your qualifications and interests.
Tip #2: Here’s a really important piece of advice – apply to each position that is a strong match for your experience and interests. Direct experience is usually best. As a hiring manager, I see a lot of resumes of people who have a lot of great potential, but no experience in the requirements of the job. Keep in mind that proven experience is typically a requirement. At the university/entry level, internships are a great way to gain practical experience.
Tip #3: For the positions that are a great match for you, it’s ok to apply to more than one of them. While we strive to match candidates across jobs, your interest in one position may not automatically transfer over to interest in another position. The best way to use this approach is to be selective – posting on everything if your qualifications are a big stretch for that kind of job isn’t really going to help. We run a lean recruiting machine, so more candidates isn’t better – you can help us by limiting your postings to those positions that are the best match.
Another great way to apply is through an employee referral. People who are top talent usually know other people who are top talent, so I find that our employees are a great resource for calling those people to our attention. If you know people who already work at HP, ask them to let us know about you, using the employee referral tool.
In the next post, I’ll share more on how to interpret the job postings, including finding out about locations of jobs, and information for recent university grads.