Monday, September 17, 2012

Don't try this at home - four ways to not get hired.

As an employee of the college, I have had the privilige of sitting in on a number of search committees.  As a participant observer in this process, I have noticed a particular trend of behavior that leads to not getting hired.  In a nutshell, don't try this at home:

  1. Supply too many unrequested materials (or not enough).  General protocol may require you to submit an application, resume, cover letter, and transcripts all as part of the complete application packet.  However, many individuals also find it necessary to submit letters of recommendation, copies of diplomas or certificates, etc.  Trust me, a 40 page stack of materials does not count as extra credit in the hiring process.  In fact it's annoying.  That said, an incomplete packet is infinitely worse, and almost guarantees you won't be offered an interview.
  2. Lack of effort.  If you don't take the time to proofread your resume and cover letter, and format them properly, what message does this send to your potential employer?  If you can't take the time to create a polished product during application, what would lead an employer to think that you'd ever take the necessary time and effort once you are hired?

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