Monday, April 5, 2010

An Open Letter to The Unemployed, Wherever You Are…

In Florida (where our main office is located), unemployment stood at 12.2% in February, according to NYT’s Economix Blog of March 26, The United States of Unemployment. Catchy title, huh?

If you are currently employed and looking for a new gig, good luck. I really mean it. You’re up against some very hungry people out there, especially college leavers and those who’ve fallen into the interning cycle of “employment,” absolutely desperate to put their multiple degrees to actual use – anywhere.

Now, if you are currently unemployed, even better wishes. Especially for those using the crappiest resumes and introduction letters known to mankind. I am not sure what kids are taught in college these days with respect to putting their “piece of paper” to work, er, like finding a job? It’s been a while since I had to dole out my resume to prospective employers but surely the art of resume writing and selling yourself in 400 words or less has become more important than ever?

Sadly, my assumption is totally wrong. Over the course of 4 days, a colleague and I have sifted through hundreds of the most god-awful applications for a recently opened position within our company. Emails with no subject lines. Emails with no introduction, only attachments. Emails with introductions and plenty of attachments – for completely different job descriptions !#%#$@$.

To be sure, it’s a cruel, cruel world out there. The job market? I don’t envy those looking for work. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and all those clichés but surely job-seekers right now would be focused on creating compelling resumes and pitches to make any prospective employer sit up and pay attention?

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