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My last post was quite a vent, so I don’t want this post to come off that way. However, there is something I need to address.

The employment process is a two way street. There are employers and employees and if we don’t all do our part, the process will fall apart. In an economy with unemployment rates in the double digits, it can be difficult to keep it all together.

Honestly though, we (employers and potential employees) are handling the same tasks.

  • I take time to sift through hundreds of job listings. Some of these listings are time wasters, they either want to con me out of money or they are listed under my city even though they are located in another state. Many postings make me shake my head and wonder what these people were thinking. Some try to re-word their posting to trick me into thinking the position is something that it really isn’t (it’s not a door-to-door salesman it’s a residentual marketing director!)
  • You (employer, hiring manager, HR person) take time to sift through hundreds of applications and resumes. Some have grammar errors or don’t relate to the posting at all. Some make you shake your head and wonder what these people were thinking. Some try to re-word their resume to make it seem like they have the experience even though they obviously don’t.

You see? We’re not all that different.

That is why it pains me when an employer pulls over to the side of the road as I struggle to make it up the hill. If you expect me to follow up after an interview, you should really respond to my email or call. If you fill a position, you should really let me know so I can cross it off my list and stop sending those unanswered emails.¬†If you are sending me a rejection email (which is painful enough to receive, but again, I’m just glad to hear back!) please at least spell my name correctly. My name is Danielle, not Daniel. I am a girl, not a boy. I go through great lengths to ensure that I spell names correctly and use the correct title. You should really do the same.

I realize that you are dealing with dozens of applicants and numerous jobs. But you expect perfection from me. If there is a spelling or grammatical mistake in my cover letter or resume, I’m in the trash without a second thought. I get it, we (job hunters) should take pride in our work and put a lot of effort into what we do, but shouldn’t everyone?

You want respect and strong work ethic and attention to detail from us and we simply want the same thing. It’s a two way street, that’s all I’m saying.

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Resume Restrictions

I came across a very interesting blog post today and wanted to get some more opinions on it.

This post on Fishdogs¬†states the top 10 things to leave off of your resume. The writer, Craig Fisher, asked people on Twitter and LinkedIn, “What should job seekers leave OFF of their resume?” Along with the list of the top 10, Fisher created an image on Wordle with all of the responses.

Some answers weren’t surprising, like objective or family information. Some answers surprised me because I don’t see why anyone would put them on a resume! These were things like weight, middle school education, slang and Dungeons and Dragons.

Then, there are the responses that made me curious. I have heard and read that volunteer work and organizations should always be on your resume. Additionally, I have read about including information to explain employment gaps. If you were a stay at home mom, for example, you could list the skills you used during that time. However, things like school board member and Toastmasters were included on the list. Furthermore, MSOffice was mentioned. That one is on my resume (and I plan to keep it there unless someone gives me good reason not to).

So what do you think? Should an organization like Toastmasters be included if it is relevant to the job? What about school board member? MSOffice?

I’m looking forward to some feedback on this one! Thanks to Craig for the interesting post and inspiration!

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