Happy Valentine’s Day! This holiday snuck up on me and I’m embarrassed to report that I haven’t done a thing to prep or celebrate…except for buying Jared a card at the grocery store. He has big work stuff all this week, so we’re just planning to cook dinner tomorrow night (whenever he gets home) and then go out on Saturday night to celebrate again. What are you doing?
I’m not really big on Valentine’s Day in general….I think it feels more romantic and special when we plan dates together sporadically on our own rather than be forced to because it’s Valentine’s Day. I might feel differently in a few years when we have kids and are too busy to have date nights, but for now, not so much. We’ll see.
Today, I’m talking about resumes. I’m in the process of hiring a new assistant at work and so I’ve been looking at resumes the last few days. YIKES. I’ve hired a few people in the past few years and know that any craigslist posting is bound to get some wacko responses, but it seems like many people don’t know how to appropriately apply for a job! It’s been really humorous actually. I’m sure all of you are fine and successful in this arena, but in any case:
Here’s my top 10 things NOT to do when sending your resume…..or top 10 funny things I’ve learned/seen over the years.
1) If the job posting says to submit a cover letter with your resume, then SUBMIT A COVER LETTER. You’d be surprised at how many people just send me their resume. If you can’t even follow a simple direction like that, then how can I trust you in the future?
2) If you’re applying for a (example) “Development Coordinator” position, don’t write on your cover letter that you’re applying for a “Service Coordinator” position. This one is pretty simple….watch for simple errors or I’ll know that you don’t really care about this job.
3) Also, if you’re not applying for a job in HR or IT, don’t write that you are passionate about HR work or computers and seeking a position in that field……that really doesn’t have anything to do with the job we’re hiring for and so why would I hire you? Don’t apply for this job if it doesn’t fit….waste of both our times.
4) If you wrote your thesis about something not related to this job (like the person who clearly wants to be a sex therapist and listed that she wrote her thesis on, no joke, “A Closer Look at the Fake Orgasm.”) then DO NOT list it on your resume for a job that has absolutely nothing to do with that. Seriously, people? This girl should be applying to Planned Parenthood or something…..NOT my company.
5) If you are applying to a very small company, try not to address the letter to the “HR Department.” Small companies might not have HR Departments and if you address it like that, it lets them know that you didn’t look through their website. If you can’t figure out who the hiring manager is, address it to the CEO or ED (by name)….or just try to refrain from “Sir or Madam.” It just seems so impersonal that it makes it seem like you couldn’t take the time to read about the company.
6) Learn how to write a formal letter, include the date, and proper spacing. It looks better.
7) Send your resume and cover letter as a PDF, not as a word document. I made this mistake once….and for some reason, it sent the word document to open in “show track changes” mode and so when the guy opened it, he saw all the red lines and everything I had changed. So embarrassed. Learned my lesson.
8) Do not list your objective as, “To obtain a full-time job.” LOL. Better not to list any objective than making it sound like you’ll take any job, no matter what.
9) Do not convince everyone you know who has even a tiny connection to the company to call and tell them how great you are ten seconds after you submit your resume. It’s overwhelming and annoying. At least for me as the person hiring, it doesn’t help your chances of getting the job. And I may not like the people who call to refer you, so then it works slightly against you.
10) Just be yourself. It’s obvious when you’re trying too hard. Apply to jobs that are a fit. And know that even if you don’t get a job you apply for, there’s another one out there for you.
Those are my tips and work venting of the day!
– When’s the last time that you applied for a job?
– What are your job hunting tips?
– Have you ever hired anyone?
– Any resume blunder stories to tell?
– Do you think you’re bad or good at interviewing?