For Potential Resume-Senders

I had to go through several mails for a recruitment process recently. There were people of all age groups and experience levels mailing in CVs. After dedicatedly going through the first ten, I began ignoring the ones that came without a cover letter, with a mere “PFA”, without a proper subject line, without a basic explanation of why you were mailing me, or with SMS language.

I remember a recent discussion on a Facebook group, where people asked if SMS lingo was accepted in professional circles. There were some who were extremely pro-SMS language. The conversation was born out of another discussion regarding potential employers never responding to unsuccessful applicants.

Being on the other side of the fence, I now have an inkling why some employers do not bother responding to some emails. Not that it is excusable, but when you are faced with a deluge of mails and some of it with a mere “PFA” or bad language, you simply lose the patience to respond to them.

When the applicant does not take the time out to write out a full letter, or a few lines in this world of email applications, why bother taking out time to tell you that we don’t need you?

In this world of email and etiquette lessons, there is absolutely no excuse to send a bad letter. A Google search will pull out tons of examples for everything.

Things that make me send your mail straight into the ‘hell no’ pile –

–          Perhaps I am old school, but I do not consider ‘m applyin 4 job’ a good starting point. You have not specified which job, what your work experience is or where you come from. You haven’t bothered to make me curious; in fact, you make me averse to click on your resume. Obviously, your school did not teach you the basics.

–          “PFA” – PFA is a term that I’m generally not cool with. Particularly in the first conversation with a faceless, nameless entity. And a mere ‘PFA’ with absolutely nothing else, uh huh. Delete.

–          Subject: CV – We are a company with various roles. How do you expect me to decipher which one you are applying for, particularly if you do not mention anything in the email body either?

Then there are those cases with typos in the resume. I’m not yet at a stage where I feel compelled to delete these. Typos are human, though I wish people run a spell check before they send in the CV, especially if you mention ‘attention to detail’ or ‘detail-oriented’ as a skill.

And the funny ones –

–          People who specify their marital status in every line.
“I’m Miss. XXX. I would like to assure you that Miss. XXX would complete all their duties…”

–          And the passport numbers. There are details that I would ask when I require them. Not in your resume.

–          Old irrelevant achievements of winning the first prize in a dance competition in the fourth grade. Should I assume that you haven’t grown much in the two decades since?

–          Funny email IDs… we all had funny email IDs. IronMan32, TooCoolEmily, PrincessSaira, BatmanJohn. But those are for your personal friends, chats and places where your work associates do not make fun of you. If you do not have the patience to create a work ID, I will laugh at you. And wonder how serious you are about your job. It is the world of Gmail. Find a way to integrate your email IDs, and don’t let your potential employer know about your Star Wars fantasies. He might be a Star Trek fan.

And then there are those other things to avoid like the over the top declarations – I am the best. Hire me. I will be the best thing to happen to your company. I express my eagerness to work with you. I am ready to do anything.

It would probably be good if you took a minute to research the job / company you would like to join. The employer will spend an extra minute on your CV if they notice that you have done a little bit of your research. If you do not know what a generic role title means, you probably shouldn’t be applying for it. If the title sounds ambiguous, check the company’s website or Facebook page. Nobody wants the CV of a graphics designer when they are looking for a stylist for the company. Both of you might be into designing, but you can’t do a stylist’s job. Unless you want to be a stylist, of course.

Else, do not expect a reply and do not crib that they never responded to your emails.

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