About Online Jobs
Having worked in human resources, I’ve encountered a fair share of job hunters, for employees of many different skill types, and for many different levels of education and employees. I’ve seen people apply for jobs so incredibly far outside of their skill set that you wonder if they can even read, and people who are so desperate for work that they apply for jobs that are would be better cut out for their teenage children.
The job hunt isn’t a fun one, and it can be an emotional rollercoaster. From the thrill of finally landing an interview at your dream job, to the disappointment of receiving yet another generic response email after you painstakingly created the perfect cover letter for a great job you found, it is undoubtedly an emotional process. It is important to remember throughout the process that it is true that hard work pays off, even if it isn’t as quick as you’d like it to be.
When it comes to the online job hunt, I am no stranger to the process. While I’ve found jobs online for myself and those I know, I’ve also been on the receiving end of job applications and online resume submissions, and I could write a book about some of the crazy things I’ve seen come across my desk, or to my inbox. You start to wonder if people care at all, or if they are so anxious for a job that they’ll try anything.
I had one resume end up in my mailbox, forwarded to me by the boss, where the applicant had found in MSWord that you can decorate your document with “Vegas lights” and they went through and added a border of said flashing lights around every relevant word in the resume to the position. Unfortunately for them, there actually was little relevancy in said words, but the atrocity of the blinking document didn’t do them any favors. They had the right idea, in trying to draw my attention to the important parts, but there are far better ways to do so without making your resume a flashing disco that should come with a warning before opening.
Another resume came in, matched all of our keyword criteria, and generally would have been a great fit for the job, until I read the cover letter addressed to the manager that ended in an offer of “under the desk services” not related to our field, could sweeten the offer if the resume alone didn’t do it for us. And another one came in the mail doused in perfume.
Then there’s the endless slew of generic cover letters, trying to convince me that they’d love to work at “your company” doing the “advertised job.” There’s something to be said about keeping a rough template for your cover letter, but let’s put an ounce of effort into it and at least specify the company name and the position advertised. Then again, such laziness does indeed make my job easier, as I can read the first two lines and know I don’t need to waste more time on your resume, even if it’s a perfect match. Be smart and put some effort into your search and I can assure you, it will pay off.