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rjbs (4671)

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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

Journal of rjbs (4671)

Wednesday August 13, 2008
02:03 PM

more tips for job applicants

[ #37173 ]

My previous complaint is really not a big deal, I think. I think I've even given up immediate junking for that. However...

"Send your resume" doesn't mean "apologize for having no resume." You could make a half-assed resume in the time it takes to write a half-assed apology, and you could write a decent resume in only a little bit longer.

"Send your resume in plaintext" doesn't mean "as a Word document" or "as a link to a Google Apps document." Doing those things means, "I didn't read your whole job posting, so who knows if I know what the job even is. Oh, or maybe I just can't follow instructions."

"Send your resume in plaintext to" means to do that, not to reply in any other way that doesn't get routed directly to my inbox.

You don't know who reads the resume you send in. Please do not say, "Dear HR Recruiter." It insults me.

Including an "objective" section on your resume is fine. I don't mind them. If your objective is at odds with the posting ("objective: obtain a career as a Java programmer") you will not get hired. Of course, since getting this job is not your objective, maybe you don't care.

Attaching your resume is great. Give it a name like ~Ricardo-Signes.txt. Otherwise, when I try to save it to~/Hiring`, I'll get a message that says "Overwrite, append, or cancel?" Guess which one I'll pick.

So, if you're in the Philadelphia area and can follow instructions and want to work at the coolest email company on the internet, we're hiring a junior sysadmin and a junior programmer.

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  • ... apologizing for not having an updated resume, saying I wanted to telecommute from half a continent away, and so forth.

    But I couldn't figure out how to attach a Word document via slashcode, so I didn't.

  • Say, if the applicant does not know the name (of the person) reading the resume (or finally responsible for hiring), what should the salutation be if not "(HR Manager|Director)|Prospective Employer"? "To whom it may concern"?

    There are many situations when a name is not easy to come by: only an URL given; name cannot be deducted from an email address reliably everytime; phone call would be impossible due to time zone difference.

    - parv
    • I would go with "To whom it may concern." Also totally acceptable is "Hiring manager."

      I'm probably not the best person to ask. I still get annoyed when I get mail from strangers that begins "Dear Mr. Signes" or "Dear Ricardo." If you don't know me, I am not dear to you!