Before you succumb to a fainting spell, the title of this blog was merely an attempt to get your attention. Of course, I know I have used the term “your” to indicate the possession of kidding. Obviously, I should have used “you’re” to shorten up the phrase “you are”. Sadly, there will be many that miss my apparent blunder. This blog will be merely a collection of cut and pastes received in reply to a recent advertisement on Craig’s List. These are REAL submittals, which speak for themselves. They represent a lesson in the need for proofreading and basis writing skills:
GOOD MORNING SWEETY MY NAME IS ANNA MARIA MAKE-YOU-CRAZY INQUIRING ABOUT THE POSITION. AT THIS TIME I DO NOT HAVE A PERFECT RESUME BUT A SIMPLE ONE AS WE LOST OUR HOME IN A FIRE ABOUT 1 WEEK AGO S STILL TRYNNA GET THINGS IN PLACE. I HAVE EXPERIENCE WELL AND VERY GREAT PEOPLE SKILLS . IAM A VERY FAST LEARNER WHO STRIVES TO LEARN NEW THINGS THAT WILL BETTER MY COMPANY AND MYSELF AS WELL. SPANISH/ENGLISH SPEAKING,READING,WRITTING AS WELL
How quickly do you think I hit the delete key with this one? Let’s start with the fact that the note was sent to a blind email address. It should be addressed in a formal manner. There is an assumption that I am a “sweety”; I could be a real sourpuss. Yes, there are some writing requirements for the position. I suppose spelling the term “writing” instead of “writting” would be a good start.
This was part of a fancy resume:
(Divorce-Emigration-Translations) Manage the receptionist area.
- Filing and typing forms
- Translate Documents
- Costumer Service
I suppose if I had some Emigration needs or some costumes that needed servicing, I could consider this applicant.
Hi my name is John Brown and I feel I can be a strong asset to your company. I have previous work experience working hands on with computers and used many microsoft office programs daily (excel PowerPoint word outlook ) on top of all this, I have over 8 years of exceptional customer service experience. Please take time to look over my resume and I look forward to hearing from you guys soon … Thank you and have a nice day… The run on sentence was my first clue. It was followed by the “you guys” reference. Huh?
These were just some of the responses I received that made me nod my head. Then, there were the ones whose objective was to work in a medical field. Since I am obviously not a healthcare provider and my advertisement clearly states so, wouldn’t it seem pertinent to at least erase the objective?
The list goes on as far as resumes that made the circular file. Remember. Your resume and cover letter are your first introduction. They should be a mirror reflection of who you are when you make that first impression.