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Friday, November 16, 2007

C'mon people, have you learned NOTHING?!

Two years ago, I wrote a post about all the things you should NOT do if you're applying for a job (at least if you're applying for a job where I'll be your manager). I just finished reading through 57 resumés, and I hate to tell you, at least half of those people did NOT BOTHER TO READ my very helpful post. C'mon people!

Telling me that you were "led by the Spirit" to apply for the job is not going to guarantee that I am "led by the Spirit" to hire you! And including a picture on your resumé? Unless you're applying for a job at Moxies or Hooters, I can't imagine when it would EVER be advisable to add the picture. And if you ever think that six pages of fine print wherein you brag non-stop about how wonderful you are is going to be read with delight - guess again. 57 resumes is a LOT of reading to do, and you've just guaranteed yours will be barely skimmed through.

Just one other thing... don't EVER, under any circumstances, include phrases such as "do you really want to pass up the opportunity to meet with me?" Or "Look no further!" Or "I am confident you've found the right person in me." Let me be the judge of that!

7 comments:

Accidental Poet said...

hehehehehhe the very nerve of them, ignoring your blog.

I bet they all forget to turn off their cell phones during job interivews, too.

Michele said...

"...if you pass me by you will have bad luck for the next seven years!!!"

Anvilcloud said...

It's surprising. They do tend to teach resumes in school, but many but have been absent on those days.

Liz said...

I don't envy you having to read through all those. This coming from someone who's never actually written a resume! ;-)

Linda said...

Oh my goodness.

I HATE the "led by the Spirit" comment. It suggests that if you say no, you are not led by the Spirit. It is arrogant and self serving.

I guess that person won't get the job eh?

Stephanie said...

"...pass up the opportunity to meet with me"?!! What an insane thing to write on a resume. I cringe just reading that!

Pamela said...

If you read my resume then a golden eagle will fly across your screen. But only if you forward it to fifteen more employers. snicker