How I was looking for people. Part 2. "I opened a resume…and closed it at once”.
- The reasons why your resume may be deleted without even being looked through.
- Two more “teeny-tiny things” that would keep you from finding a job.
HOW I WAS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE. PART 2. “I OPENED A RESUME… AND CLOSED IT AT ONCE”.
Noncompetition subject of rejoicing
The moment I started looking through a resume I received a call. I wish I could have recorded that conversation – I promise next time I will and I’ll post it as an attachment to the article – such conversations are rather common. I looked down at the telephone screen – “Unknown”. A sweet female voice said, “Have you received my resume”? Who are you? What vacancy are you talking about? Why on earth should I account to a voice on the phone? Though the voice was rather sweet, I tried to imagine those troubles this voice would bring to the company team by means of such a peculiar communication style… I asked her for her name, told her, I was sorry, but the vacancy had been filled already, “Yes, I will keep you in touch”, “No, I won’t forget”, “I will inform you, of course”… One candidate fewer. I find her letter, delete it and get back to the others.
Subject of rejoicing No. 4
What’s wrong with you people?! It’s the fourth resume which I open, close at once and delete. The photograph. No matter what is written in your resume the first thing I see is your photo. I should have painted over the faces (instead of deleting) and demonstrated them here as a bad example.
- What made you choose for your resume a picture of you sitting at a night club table?
- This picture of you is nice, really – you look so grand and businesslike, but the word ‘sucker’ right behind you spoils it all.
- What a sweet baby! Yours? Is that your best friend beside you? And this is your resume and you want to get this job, don’t you?
- Er,.. Hello! Are you there? I can’t see your face behind the upturned collar of this beautiful fur-coat, is that really you?
Oh, it’s nothing, really. But our workers will have to face some business issues, solve some industrial problems. So, what shall we expect from you at work if this is the way you’ve dealt with the issue of your own photo for your own resume? Note, I’m not saying anything about sexual photographs – that’s not necessarily an obstacle for the work (sometimes though people do send such pictures – mamma mia!). I’m not saying a word about pictures set against the Pyramids or the Eiffel Tower. Not a single word about you style or your image – this is you, this is yours, and though thus you get fewer chances to get a job, you still get more chances to find the job of your dreams. I’m not speaking about those photos that can be deciphered and interpreted. What I’m really talking about is the lack of common sense and simple carelessness. Out with 5 more candidates. How many are there left? 11 people for 3 vacancies. And I haven’t started reading yet. Ahead is the telephone interview. Ahead is the personal interview with my peculiar-weird-tricky-wacky questions. Ahead is the interview with your future boss…
Being the person who is the first to decide whether or not you’re going to work here I’d like to give you some recommendations:
Recommendations 1-3 are here.
4.Call and/or answer the calls yourself – your friends and relatives can’t help you here. The employer wants to speak to you.
5.Have a look at your photo. This should be not just a regular photo – but the one that will win you a job:
- Your face is well-seen;
- You are the only person in the picture (unless you need a job for a team or brigade or etc.);
- The background and the scenery are either neutral or serving your purposes of business image;
- Better send no photo at all than the one that would keep you away from your goal.
ALL THIS SEEMS TO BE AS EASY AS ABC AND SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN EVEN TALKED ABOUT…
But I didn’t read another 5 resumes. Ever. Incompetent and silly of me? Maybe, I’m not going to argue. But I just didn’t. You can read about how the things moved on further here - How I was looking for people. Part 3. “The phone call told me – there’d be no tete-a-tete”.