I understand that when people are in the market and looking for employment, a very reasonable option is to put together a great resume and hand it out nearly as much as they can. I understand that after a while they likely get frustrated that they may not be receiving calls or invitations to interview and decide maybe they should start spammning it out even more. But something that really blows me away is what some people’s expectations are, and why they want a job to being with.
For some, a job in the field they’ve studied would be a dream come true. While for others, any job would be a great situation however they never really desire something in particular. Well, since last week I’ve been looking to hire an assistant. Ads are out there, and people are welcome to apply. Thing is, I’m SHOCKED at some of the emails and resumes I’m receiving. And for the most part, insulted or annoyed.
In my opinion, and strictly my opinion, if you are applying for a job, that should be because it’s the job you really want, not because you need SOME job and this one will do. If you’ve got your resume then it should be specific, and not general. So when someone sends me an email with a resume attached and the email is this bland generic “to whom it may concern” or “dear sir or madam” BS I get really annoyed. In my ad I included a link to this website. In hopes to have those people interested in reading the rest of the ad get a good idea of who and what 2D is, I figured this link should be really easy to find etc, so I put it on the first line of the ad. Now my website has received loads of hits since the ad’s been up. This tells me that people applying are looking at 2dhouse.com… right? Well you’d think so…
Here’s what I’m trying to get at. If you’d like this job, and you want to be interviewed, then take a minute and do some homework. My name is right there, and the company name too (I also don’t like “your company”). There’s plenty of info and videos and stuff to sink your teeth into and impress me by letting me know you’ve actually done some research and that you WANT to work at 2D. Or at least you’d like to. Rather than you WANT some sort of job, or would at least like one….
Social etiquette tells me that I’m not allowed to email some of these people back telling them their emails to me are stupid and thusly so are they. I wish I could do that, even though it would no doubt waste a lot of my time. But what I can do is send out this message. If you’re applying for this position, feel free to in a professional, respectful and true manner. Mention to me that you’ve read this blog post, and don’t be overly shy or forward and you’re about 90% likely to get an interview. That’s it. Just say
“Hey, I’d love to learn more about this position and after reading your post I’d like to submit this resume. Look forward to getting more info and also having an opportunity to tell you more about myself.”
Or something to that affect. That line will get you an interview. I’m really tired of these phonies who think they want a real job and send a generic application to me. Something that I can tell they’ve sent to hundreds of other would be employers who they’ll probably never hear back from.
That being said, I have had a lot of great resumes and emails, too. Thank you to those of you who have done so, so far, you’ll find out who you are when I give you a call tomorrow to ask you to come in for an interview.