When I post a job opening, there are a few criteria I expect. It just blows my mind when people miss basic professionalism.
- Your grammar should be at least in the 6th grade level. Especially if you are H1A or H1B.
- Use proper capitalization and punctuation.
- Use proper sentense structures.
- Use the spell checker.
- Do not use Instant Message shortcuts when emailing for a professional position.
- “U R not L33t”, and “U R” not employed by me over this.
- I can see this in Text messaging or instant messaging, but not in an email requesting an interview.
- Do not be demanding.
- Be factual and inquisitive.
- By demanding something from me at an interview time, or preinterview, I’ll just toss your resume, and end it right there.
- Get your facts right.
- If you are going to try to deceive me, at least realize that there was no Visual Studio 2004. It was 2002 and 2003.
- Even if this is a simple typo, you just lost my interest due to your lack of detail.
- My favorite issue is the old “resume.doc”.
- How may people do you think send me a “doc” file that is named “resume.doc”?
- Each one overwrites the previous, so the only one I actually see is the last one.
- Use your name as part of the file name, “JohnDoeResume.doc”.
If anyone actually reads this blog, I hope that you get something out of this. Like maybe a job that pays better than Burger King.