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Looking for a Job? Don’t Do This!

August 23, 2010

Chris Garlasco, Owner & Managing Partner - Founders Insurance Group

Let’s face it, the economy really stinks and it doesn’t look like much positive change for small business is coming anytime soon. From the year 2000 until 2008 our agency created about 18 new full time jobs. In the past two years, the only real hiring we have done has been to replace existing positions. It’s tough out there! Those that are seeking work are facing stiff competition for the few openings that exist. It is now more important than ever to take the application process serious if you hope to find a career position. I want to take a moment to share with you some of the actual inquiries that I have received over the past two years. The names have been changed to protect the guilty!

When applying for a job, it is important to remember the names of the companies where you have forwarded your resume. On several occasions, I have called a possible interview candidate only to be greeted with “what’s the name of your company again?” The person had completely forgotten that they had sent us a resume.

When placing your cell number on your resume, assume that a possible employer may actually call. Since most all cell phones have caller ID its best to not answer the phone with, and I quote. “Yo, what up?” OR “Yeah, who the f___ is this?” Generally, these answers will prevent you from moving further in the conversation. On more than one occasion, when calling on a resume, the person on the other end of the line started out the conversation with, “thanks for calling, but before we go any further, how much does this job pay?” The good news was that they at least knew the name of my company!

Some folks like to communicate by email. On two occasions, I received very well laid out resumes only to see the email address as lovestar@blah blah blah or Hottie1@blah blah blah! These addresses generally don’t lend themselves to a white collar career position. I even received a resume with “glamour” photos attached! Remember, we are in the insurance business, it’s not pretty!

Some folks, having impressive resumes have called the day of the interview to cancel and ask for a reschedule. Everyone has a bad day once in a while, but things like “I forgot I had a hair appointment, can I reschedule?” really don’t qualify as a true emergency. On more than one occasion, there really was a true emergency, but only to be followed with a detailed explanation of what a train wreck their life was all the time. I guess I could be called insensitive, but a play by play of Mom’s bad dentures and poor disposition usually should be saved for our first face to face meeting. I at least then feel as if I know the person.

I am all for technology, but when asked to bring a fresh resume with you to the interview, that doesn’t mean you whip out your I-phone and say, “hear ya go, I just emailed it to you, it should be here in a minute or two!”

Of course there are the usual typos and other grammatical mistakes, but seven or eight misspellings in your cover letter won’t lead me to care about your resume. And, no, being a lifeguard at the public pool doesn’t meet the criteria for the five years of prior insurance experience!

Our job postings are generally very professional and most of the job seekers are equally professional. My hope is that these times soon improve and that everyone that needs a job is able to find one. In the mean time, remember, the product that you are selling is you!

Have a great day!

Chris Garlasco

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