How Not To Get A Job: Communication Skills

19 June 2007 at 2:47AM Leave a comment

Aaron at the Hypnofocus blog had an interesting run-in with a candidate who offered to send a resume. Here’s his opening:

I placed an advertisement on Craig’s List for local helpers for my show.

I received a few responses. The least successful of the responses was this one. This candidate lasted exactly two e-mails in to the pre-screening process (and that was being generous).


Still, in the interest in fair hiring practices, I’m willing to acccept the resume and give it fair consideration.

This leads us to round two…

hey mister aaron this is [uncapitalized male name] is there a way i can interveiw instead, i have no current address at the moment and im living out of my car. i have my resume on my desktop back three states. and its 3 pages (extensive). i really* want this please let me know asap thanks a ton!

your truly
[uncapitalized male name deleted]

See the whole thing (with the results) here:


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Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

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