The Internet is about relationships about creating, maintaining, and benefiting from them. And all of that requires interaction. Do you interact when you receive a resume? If you simply transfer that emailed resume into your resume database, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to build relationships. Even worse, if you don’t respond to those resumes, you may be sending an unwelcome message to your potential prospects. Picture this all too familiar scene. Joe is actively seeking new employment. He’s not a ‘Net newbie and knows his way around. He’s made a list of the companies he’s interested in working with and the recruiting firms that specialize in his industry. He polishes his resume and writes an enticing cover letter which he emails to you (and 100 competitors). And then he waits. Joe’s got some hot skills, but you’ve got no immediate need for him. Will he hear from you immediately? Or will he hear from your competitor, who automatically responds to all the resumes it receives? Many job candidates have told me that “recruiters just don’t get it all they have to do is acknowledge me, and they don’t.” Do you? It takes only a few minutes. And that’s not a few minutes per candidate, that’s a few minutes ONCE and then you’re set to respond to any and all candidates. Autoresponders are simple programs that you can either add on to your email client or that are already included in it. Autoresponders accomplish three things. First, they automatically send a form response to email sent to a particular address, acknowledging receipt of the resume AND the person who sent it. Second, they let the candidate know that you understand the workings of the Internet and the importance of relationships. Third, they keep your name and your company’s name in front of the candidate. So, are you using one? If not, perhaps it’s time to start. Information about autoresponders for particular email packages is listed below: For Microsoft Outlook, Mail, and Exchange, and Eudora Pro: If you’re using Win 95/98 or NT Go Here. If you’re using Win 3.x: Go Here. Other Autoresponders and email helpers: Go Here.