For the last couple of weeks we have been in the process of hiring a new program coordinator, I got the lucky job of screening all 67 applicants and recommending a handful of them for interview. In that light, this is all about what NOT to do when submitting an application for employment.
- When listing your “Special Skills” for a job that is NOT based on social media, please do not list ALL of the following: WordPress, Blogspot, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, MySpace. Saying “social media” would probably suffice. Now that I know you are specially skilled in MySpace and Pinterest, um, you probably won’t be hired for a position where you cannot spend hours per day on either of those (blocked) sites.
- It should go without saying that correct spelling and grammar are essential in resumes and cover letters. When you misspell a major company’s name, or our company’s name, you are showing you probably cannot be trusted for basic communications.
- When the only phone number you provide is your current work number and work email, do not get upset that I call you at work. In fact, the half-whispered half-angry “Why did you call this number?! I can’t talk about this right now!” does not make me feel great about you as a potential candidate.
- Most employers will not give you negative marks if you have served time as a missionary for a religious organization. In fact, many find that kind of humanitarian service commendable. However, do not list it in your employment history with a giant paragraph of responsibilities and under the salary portion state “blessing in heaven.”
- For the love, when you come to interview, please do not bring your pet chihuahua in a blinged out hot pink carrying case. Just don’t.
Did you learn anything spectacular this week? (Or last week?)