NotJobs: How Not to Get a Tax (or Other) Job by TaxGirl

18 February 2008 at 4:36AM 1 comment

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Taxgirl! TaxGirl, a.k.a. Kelly Phillips Erb, is a tax attorney who blogs (a lot – But she likes caffeine!). In How Not to Get a Tax (or Other) Job, TaxGirl covers her recent experiences in hiring. We’ve seen some of her points before, but she found a couple of new one:

2. Call me instead of sending a resume. To this day, my favorite jobseeker was the guy from UPenn who actually called and left this message (almost verbatim): “Yeah, um, hi, this is Bob. I went to Penn Law. If you want to hire me, you can call me at” Right, Bob. I’ll get right on that. Apparently that Ivy League education of yours failed to teach you how to send a resume.

4. FedEx your resume. This is a pet peeve of mine, especially if it requires a signature. I am too damn busy to sign for your freaking resume. And the fact that you’re sending it via FedEx says to me (true or not) that (1) you’re desperate to be recognized and (2) you have enough money already.

I’ve had some people leave some pretty awful voice mail messages, but I’ve never had someone message me instead of submitting a resume.

See the whole post for TaxGirl’s take on How Not to Get a Job.


Entry filed under: Interviewing, NotJobs, Resumes.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. taxgirl  |  18 February 2008 at 2:02PM

    Thanks for the link! (going to get coffee…)


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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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