Sunday, February 10, 2013

The worst of ...

Every year, I spend a few of my hours talking to students.  It's often the very best part of my job.

Inevitably, there is a question that stops me in my tracks.  Questions like, "what's the worst cover letter you have ever seen?" Or, "what's the worst email?" 

You get the picture.

So this semester, I am going to ask my HR friends to share the very worst of what they have seen and read, and if not too identifying, I will post them here.

Stay tuned. 

2 comments:

Kim Urban, MSHR said...

There seems to be a growing trend of applying to jobs by texting or by informal emails. The example below is real, and very typical:

"hi my name is .... and i am intrested in the job u have posted on craigslist. i recently got laid off from my job which was in a warhouse type setting before that i worked at another warehouse that dealt with whole sale foods and food production
i have attached my resume with this e-mail

if you have any questions feel free to call me or email me

thank you"

The thing is, this person may be a great worker and perfect for the position. However, the initial contact is so sloppy and careless it leaves a bad first impression. One thing I can't stress enough to job seekers: make that first impression count: keep it professional in tone and appearance. It matters, truly.

Deirdre Honner said...

I had a resume that came in with NO CAPITAL LETTERS. It's like a bed version of ee cummings.