My wife likes to tease me that I'm a crotchety old man trapped in the body of a 38 year old man. So consider this my whiny old man rant for the week.
I probably find a typo in most of the blog postings that I have. There is probably at least one in this post (although in my defense, the software they make us use doesn't have spell check, but I digress). But it's a blog and I'm doing it for informative reasons. While I hope that it's perfect, I don't write it for money or to impress a client.
On the other hand, if I was writing a resume or cover letter, I'm so anal that I'd triple check the whole thing to make sure that there are no errors. I haven't had to put a resume together in some time, but I know that a lot of good people are on the street looking for work.
So recently I posted an ad online for a temporary secretary when my current secretary asked for some time off after the holidays were over. I was flooded (over 60) with resumes right away. Many of the repliers were out of work attorneys. The majority had decent work experience in law firms. Others had no experience, but were trying to break in to the field or just find anything available.
So what did all three categories of applicants have in common? Just awful typos and resumes that otherwise looked terrible. One was in a format I couldn't open. Another was a link to a website on the person which sounds creative until you get a 404 error on that page. Many others had huge, unexplained gaps in the work history. Still others didn't follow any of the instructions in the posting and seemed to just be randomly sending out resumes to anyone who had an opening. Sure you might get lucky that way, but what a waste of time.
But the worst are the ones that e-mail you with no resume or cover letter and simply ask if the job is available still. When you are flooded with applicants the reality is that you aren't going to respond to something like that. Just send in your resume and letter and try to sell yourself.
Now my temp job was no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for anyone, but why not give yourself a fighting chance to actually be considered for the job?
Is this happening elsewhere? I bet it is. Am I just a whiny attorney (distinct possibility) or is this a big reason why people aren't finding work? Or do people really give it their best effort if it's a job they really want?
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