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what are the strangest stuff you’ve seen in resumes and canopy letters? — Ask a Supervisor


A job was posted the place we wanted somebody with a really particular background and expertise. One notable candidate:

1) referred to as me up at NIGHT on my private HOME PHONE to inquire concerning the job. The job itemizing included an e-mail handle, no cellphone quantity, but when they actually felt the necessity to name, they may have simply seemed up the corporate’s cellphone quantity. As an alternative, they selected to look my residence cellphone quantity up within the cellphone listing. I used to be NOT impressed, to place it mildly.

2) very first thing, requested how versatile the job was (we famous flexibility within the hours / working days) as a result of “I’m a mom and my youngsters will at all times be a very powerful factor to me, and when you’ve gotten youngsters you would possibly must take off instantly, for instance, for dentist’s appointments.”
Now, simply to be clear, I’m a mom, too, as is the one who did get the place, and I’m all for flexibility. However the best way the query was requested and the truth that it was the very first thing requested and the truth that it was necessary sufficient to name me at residence to ask that … not a great look!

3) saved speaking about how good she was for the job, as a result of she had such wonderful credentials. I requested her to ship a resume and canopy letter as per the posting. Her credentials weren’t wonderful, definitely not as wonderful as she although they had been. For instance, she was happening and on about her Masters within the area, however that wasn’t listed wherever as a requirement, and we actually didn’t want it – what we wanted was related, present expertise within the area, and she or he had a complete of 4 years expertise unfold out over 20 years.

4) despatched her resume from an e-mail handle highlighting her “mommy standing” (no shock after # 2, I suppose) – suppose an handle that begins with “mommy”, then notes the variety of children and referring to her children with an endearment.

5) despatched a resume and not using a cowl letter.

6) then resent with the next cowl letter (in all probability would have been higher to skip it):
Pricey … Buyer Service Workforce,
I’m making use of for a job that was posted on our group web site.
I seemed over your web site and merchandise. I really feel that there are lots of updates that your organization must be within the twenty first century. Our technological advances in society have been racing than ever earlier than.
Connected is my resume.
Some recommendations:
Web site must be up to date.

7) adopted up on our well mannered rejection letter with a proposal to replace our web site graphics. Now, our web site isn’t good, however it fits our wants is certainly within the twenty first century…

The kicker? Her resume had the worst formatting I’ve ever seen on a resume, and I’ve seen fairly a couple of. As in, there was mainly zero formatting, aside from beneficiant use of the enter button. Dimension 8 font (yikes!) however nonetheless two pages lengthy, no bolding, no completely different font sizes to point headers, nothing. It seemed one thing like this:

Expertise
2020-2021
Llama Groomer
Grade A Llamas
New Orleans Llama Grooming Middle
2015­6
Llama Groomer
Furry Middle for Llamas
Grade A and Grade B Llamas
Haircuts
Manicures
Pedicures
2006-2008
Random Firm
Secretary/Assistant
2004­2005
Llama Groomer
Llama Zoo, Washington DC
Camel Groomer

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