How Not to Get a Job: sry, ur 2 1337

16 August 2007 at 1:12AM Leave a comment

Scotty at the Palousitics blog reports on the interesting e-mail that his HR department received when seeking to fill an opening. This prompts him to offer some Job Seeker Advice.

Job Seeker Advice

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We received this E-mail from a Job Seeker:

FROM: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
SENT: Wednesday, March 22, 2005 10:36 AM
TO: Jobs NU
SUBJECT:regarding a job
ATTACHMENTS: XXXXXXXXXXX.doc

hai
i saw ur ad in nwjobs.com
iam looking for a job in seattle.
i have attached my resume here with for ur referral.
looking forward for ur reply
thanks
XXXXXXXXXXXX

My company did not waste time with a reply at all. Do people actually believe an E-mail like that will get them anywhere?

I suggested we respond with the following:
sry, ur 2 1337

Scotty – the only thing I can say is, “Yes, people do actually believe an e-mail like that will get them somewhere.”

As far as I know, I’ve never hired anyone fluent in Leet.

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Entry filed under: Cover Letters, NotJobs.

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My Core Ideas

1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

About the Author

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.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.

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