Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Waste my time. Please!

Again - sorry for the delay in posting. It has been busy (still)...which brings me to the current topic to post about.

Time. We all want more of it, and I'm assuming none of us want it to flutter away.

I've decided that people wasting my time has become one of my top pet peeves (and it takes a lot to get into that upper echelon, my friends.) At work, where things are already hectic, this is amplified.

To wit, can I just say, I am SICK of students who don't do their homework. There has been a slew (or a plague) of wannabe interns recently.  It's great to want to intern at a nonprofit, since we can't pay you - we can hopefully impart some real world experience and plump up your resume a bit. (I don't have interns label brochures, I give them real stuff to do.)

There are just a few things I ask for on my end.
1. Use spellcheck. It's not hard, right? So it's very, VERY telling to me when someone sends me an email like this:

Subject line: Hello
You didn't have me at hello. This subject line actually looks like spam to me, and I half expect the next line to read something like, "RK, cuddle up with some hot bored housewives tonight!" Yes, I have gotten that email. Talk about barking up the wrong, um, tree.

Email: "I my name is Jessica Rabbit (OK, not her real name, but wouldn't it be fun if it was?) and I am a stutdent at XX College. I am geting my BA..."

I mean we live in the age of technology! We no longer have to hand-write letters and even then, well shit - you could use a dictionary. How good of a student are you if you can't even spell student? I'm not looking for any stutdents, Jessica.
This tells me you A. Didn't take the time to use spellcheck, B. Didn't think about it, which makes you a bit of an idiot, or C. Didn't think it mattered, which also makes you a bit of an idiot. It also makes me think that D. You don't pay attention to detail, which WILL NOT HELP YOU in a nonprofit setting. We don't have drones or worker bees to clean up after your mistakes.

2. Do some freaking homework. 
"I would love to learn more about your organization and what you do and how it functions." 

Would you? Too bad. Because I have a whole damn website which YOU SAW TO GET MY CONTACT INFORMATION, but obviously did not read.

3.  Get a semi-professional-sounding email. 
Or use the free one that comes with your student registration. 
Because "iadorerainbowsandunicorns@..." just doesn't sound like you're very serious about...well, anything. Or maybe you just drop a lot of acid in your spare time. 

Incidentally, our board president once got an application from someone who not only had zero experience, but whose email began with "hotpussy99@..."

It's like Mr. RK says. It doesn't take all kinds of people to make a world, we're stuck with the kinds we have.

24 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

I can think of jobs where the email hotpussy99@... would give you an edge.
None of them are in the non-profit arena though. 'Service industries' leap to mind...

Granny Annie said...

That first kitty picture is how I imagine you most of the time:-)

G. B. Miller said...

Those two pics are absolutely priceless!

The first so applies to the public sector that it simply hurts.

One of my pet peeves about e-mail is when I receive e-mails from people who think that e-mail is simply an extension of texting and thus write their e-mails like they're texting or worse, like their 18 or 19.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I think hotpussy99 spammed you!!

Charles Gramlich said...

I despair even of faculty using spell checker.

A Beer For The Shower said...

LOL at Debra (I caught that before you cleaned house. Yeesh)!

Are you saying that my e-mail address, xXxIMurdurDatPussayxXx@aol.com is not business appropriate? Because you'll see on my poorly spelled resume that I have well over 10 years of experience in 'murdering dat pussy'.

Abby said...

This is funny because it's SO true. But you must admit, it's nice to get those e-mails for easy weeding out of potential interns!

Lynn said...

I used to have a job in which I had to go through resumes and that was the first rejection factor - a crazy email address. That's one of the first things career counselors tell you - don't have an email address like tequilagirl@xxx.com and expect anyone to take you seriously (unless it's for a bartender position, I guess.) :)

Dexter Klemperer said...

All so very true. Once tried to get rid of something on Craigslist and someone with a name like hotpussy replied. Figured it was spam but had to reply anyway just in case. Then had to write a note to wife, "In case you are wondering why I sent email to hotpussy..."

Betty Manousos said...

so true. couldn't agree more!

no one is going to take you seriously if your email is like lovegirl@ etc. etc.
the kitty images are priceless!


big hugs!
xoxo

Vanessa Morgan said...

It annoys me too. Many people are so lazy :(

Blue Grumpster said...

When my students don't do their homework, they're in trouble. And I mean TROUBLE.

Lee said...

Bad spelling really, really, really annoys the shit out of me!!!!

CraveCute said...

What? So she was a Hot Cat what? Haha! That is too funny! What annoys me is people that ask you a question and you reply with a detailed {type this, click this, etc} and then an hour later they are emailing you again because they didn't really read the first email you sent!

LL Cool Joe said...

I was reading an article in the newspaper where Paris Hilton said she'd love to own a Unicorn. For real. She said she has all kinds of pets, but she'd really love a unicorn. How about if she comes to work for you?

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Mike_D said...

wait, hotpussy didn't get the job?

Blue Grumpster said...

I hate that spammer.

Blue Grumpster said...

P.S. Tick the box that says SPAM.

Holland said...

When ever I read your blog, I am so happy that I only spend 2 days per week working in the back of the store doing the books... hardly any contact with dumb and dumber... although they do sometimes find their way to my office... but so easy to confuse, so it makes it fun for me.

Ileana said...

You can't make this stuff up! lol It's scary to think that unprofessionalism is the norm and a slack attitude is common these days. My daughter tells me her boss always gets pleasantly SHOCKED when she sees her show up to work on time. Seriously. It's sad.