How Not to Get a Job: The Details Count!

5 May 2007 at 4:55AM Leave a comment

The details count! (los detalles cuentan)

From Javier Leiva Aguilera’s Spanish language Catorze blog (coming to you live from sunny Catalonia), a story about how the details count in a job search.

Un amigo mio trabaja en el departamento de RRHH de una empresa de consultoría y me cuenta que hace poco pusieron en marcha un proceso de selección en el que, entre otras cosas, solicitaban una persona con mucha experiencia en el medio Internet (navegación, formatos, búsquedas…). Recibieron unas 50 candidaturas, de las cuales unas 30 provenían de direcciones de Hotmail: todas ellas borradas tal como entraron.

El razonamiento de mi amigo:

No puedes pretender pasar por experto en internet y usar una cuenta Hotmail al mismo tiempo.

Let me try to translate into the English. Javier says:

A friend of mine works in HR at a consulting company. The company was seeking “a person with lots of experience in Internet media.” The company got 50 candidates, but 30 of those arrived from Hotmail addresses. They deleted all the Hotmail addresses. My friend gave the following reasoning:

You can’t pretend to pass for an expert in the Internet, and use a Hotmail account at the same time.

As Javier says (and I agree), “La moraleja de todo esto es que, en un mundo profesional tan competitivo como este en el que vivimos, los detalles cuentan (y mucho).”

The moral of all this is that in the competitive professional world we live in, the details count (and how!).


Entry filed under: NotJobs.

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