Thursday, December 14, 2006

Not Very Holiday Spiritish - Granted.

Dear Resume Writing People,

Quit putting your hobbies or personal interests on your resume. You might as well send us to your myspace page where we can see what you really do enjoy, and learn even more reasons why we shouldn't hire you.

"I enjoy reading, water sports and camping in the summer." I CARE NOT. Do you also enjoy researching how to put together a decent resume? If the job you are looking at actually requires such information, you can put it in your cover letter. Provided you even know what that is.

And chances are, should your personal interests factor into the job you are seeking, they will need to go on the top of the page, not waving pathetically as an afterthought at the bottom.

I don't know. We might hire Betty because she likes to put together jigsaw puzzles while kittens romp at her feet instead of Jane, since she likes to run through sprinklers balancing a Mai Tai and a volleyball. While Jane might be a lot more fun in the office, Betty isn't likely to call in the next day with a hangover or a broken leg.

I don't work in any position that screens resumes. I don't have an ounce of influence in this corporation as to whether a resume is chosen for the next step. The person I work for does see resumes though, and the ones with personal information on them make me want to seek out the author during his/her interview and 3 Stooges poke them in the eyeballs for including such things. AND GETTING AN INTERVIEW DESPITE OBVIOUS OVERQUALIFICATION IN NITWITDOM.


kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Not holiday spiritish, but funny and true. :)

BostonPobble said...

Oh Lord THANK YOU! As someone who has been in charge of hiring in the past, these resumes rarely made the first cut. Because it screams I'M AN IDIOT. And not in a good way. ;)

Spin_Doc1 said...

You should screen my resume, I keep hearing different things about it, it does not contain any personal information

AndyT13 said...

And all of the whos down in whoville cried "Boohoo!"
It may interest you to know that I've closed up shop. I got outed at work and it was a bit too close to the bone to continue in my usual fashion. I'll let you know if and when I'm back. Ta!

Tai said...

(runs to resume and updates it quickly)

Unacknowledged Genius said...

Sounds like some of them have mistaken a resume with a profile for an online dating service.

BTW, I like long walks on the beach and hot chocolate by a roaring fire.