Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tips for the uninitiated
I am no HR person. I am not a hiring professional. But I still have advice for people in general after being in on the hiring process at work.
Mind you, we've gotten some great resumes. But we've also gotten many clueless people as well.
So here are some tips I have come up with. Tell me if you think they're clever.
1. When referring to yourself, capitalize "I."
2. Don't apply for a position we do not have - particularly when you are referring to a specific job we posted on craigslist.
3. Don't simply say, "I'm smart," and expect to think it'll land you the job. One cover letter simply said, "I'm a smart person. I can do this job." Not kidding. No more words in the cover letter - it was actually more like a cover sentence. Another person listed his IQ and MENSA membership as reasons we should hire him.
4. Don't send us your resume in power point format, including a picture of yourself in sunglasses. As my board president said, "We're not doing a movie screening!"
5. Don't send a generic cover letter that you've sent everywhere else to all kinds of different people in different industries.
6. Don't simply send an e-mail saying, "I'm moving to your city," and send a resume that says you have no experience in our field and are currently waiting tables or working at a sporting goods store.
7. For God's sake, don't say 1) "I'm the perfect fit", 2) "I'm the ideal candidate," or 3) "I know I'm the right person for this job." Because guess what? Aside from the arrogance of it, a bunch of other applicants - surprise! - have said the same thing.
8. When you know us personally, don't address your cover letter to "dear hiring manager" or "dear sirs."
9. READ THE AD!
10. Don't e-mail me and say, "I could do the job perfectly, but I'm making soooooooo much more than that now!"
I'm not making any of this up. Happy almost Friday!