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Job Advice: 1

Posted by Gexx on March 25, 2007

Working and schooling in three unique environments, I see a regular amount of turnover. In this, I also get to observe the actual hiring process. This week has been one of note, so I will start a (possibly) semi-regular blog feature called “Job Advice.”

In “Job Advice” I will list real-life examples of what NOT to do (that’s what I normally notice) to be selected for a position.

So – here we go:

1) Don’t cold call the an institution you do not belong to and demand a paid internship. Especially when one has never been advertised. This goes double if one has never been offered and the institution is struggling for money.

2) Spell check your application. If you can’t spell the position or the institution, you are not wanted to represent the institution.

3) Apply for the correct job. Those get tossed out, not transferred to the correct position.

4) When a recommendation letter for X states “X is a survivor,” that means the hiring institution (me, in this case) should pity X. Do I look like Mr. T ? That’s what I thought.

5) In your application, do not outline how you will use this position in a political agenda to destroy the integrity of the institution.

6) When interviewing, do not tell the interviewers that the institution is not suitable for its clients long term plans, and its focus should be on transitioning its clients to other institutions.

7) Do promptly return a phone call offering you a position. If you can’t get back to the institution within a week, you’re too lazy to have the job.


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