Thank You Fer Teh Job Oppertunity
Gentle reader: whether you are looking for a new job, or you’re looking to be retained and/or promoted in your current organization, I beseech you, I beg you, I implore you. Please proof what you send to hiring authorities and decision-makers. Emails, documents, etc. It’s so sad and tragic when you don’t. Repeatedly.
Seriously, stop it. You need a job.
Speaking of which: I’m not going to repeat verbatim in today’s blog post my blog post from last August, Write Your Life, Write Your Career. Read my advice as a hiring authority and a decision-maker to you there. Not learning to write and proof to minimal business standards is, at the very least, a career-killer.
Those of you who don’t proof your work and are subsequently not hearing back from the job applications you submit: I’m going to give you some brief yet poignant examples as to why:
- state university of ny, albany ny
(Hint: it’s not proper grammar, and since I know for a fact that e.e. cummings is dead, you’re definitely not hearing back from me);
- Shift Manger, Ruby Tuesday’s
(I love mangers, especially at this time of the year: what does this have to do with your management experience?);
- Sent From My Verizon Wireless mobile phone
(Not as impressive as it was a few years ago; now it’s definitely just lazy. Not a real signature. You can change this default signature yourself, just check the Verizon Wireless website or ask Tech Support at your local Verizon Wireless store);
- Subject: Your Career Oppertunity
(Big ouch. You misspelled the email subject line. I don’t even open up your email, I just move it from my email Inbox to the Candidate Regret folder);
- Education: Saratoga Springs HiGh ScHool
(I know font formatting in emails can get messed up in web transit; that’s why you should attach your C.V. as well as cut and paste your C.V. into the body of the email. Otherwise, it’s like receiving an anonymous ransom note from a serial killer with a lack of attention to detail);
- Hi: I’m interested in teh job.
(Hi. You don’t know me, therefore “Hi” is inappropriately too familiar for a cover letter salutation. And you misspelled “the.” As the hiring authority, two strikes against you as the candidate. We won’t be familiar any time soon).
Note: please consider any typos you find in this blog post as a pop quiz.