How Not to Get a Job: The Checklist

7 November 2007 at 6:33AM Leave a comment

HOW NOT TO GET A JOB: THE CHECKLIST
So, for anyone out there who feels like failing to get a job in usability, here’s a brief checklist of steps.

  1. Don’t do any research. Why waste your valuable time finding out about your future employer?
  2. Make sure that your email approach makes it clear that you didn’t do any research by wording it in as impersonal a way as you can manage.
  3. err… that’s it.

Over on Usability News (from across the Pond), usability and human factors expert Caroline Jarrett opines on her experience with a clueless new grad submitting a resume. Instead of hitting DELETE, she actually pings the culprit to see what is up. Hilarity ensues.

Caroline’s conclusion is not uncommon given this type of submission:

Clearly this person is not going to get a job with me, now or in the future. He has decided that his time, as an unemployed graduate, is much more valuable than the time of his prospective employers, who might represent his meal ticket for years to come.

Check out the full thing here:
Caroline’s Corner: How Not to Get a Job in Usability

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Entry filed under: College, 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."

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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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