The devil is in the details

It’s Monday. I’m having a bad hair day, I left the house this morning without putting my wedding ring back on (had taken it off to clean some pans), we had a new employee start this morning and I do all the HR, I lost a button off my blouse, I was still working on my first cup of coffee at 11 am, and we had a phone provider switch-over at 5 pm that didn’t go as planned and for which I am the sacrificial lamb point person. Maybe I’m not in the best mindset to screen resumes. Or maybe, I’m in the perfect mindset.

We have a few positions that we are hiring for at the office, and one of them is our most central: the administrative assistant. This person supports our entire staff and is the go-to for everything. As such, they must be practically perfect in every way – which includes written communication. I have zero tolerance for typos on a resume for an admin assistant. Misplaced commas? Random capitalization of common words? Inconsistent tenses? Wonky bullet formatting? Inappropriate comma usage? Not a chance.

I got one resume where the applicant only capitalized her first name. Another claimed to be an “expert” in MS Word, and yet the indents and line spacing on her resume wandered like a two year-old in a toy store. One referenced an online source we did not place the ad at, another left a previous company name in her form letter introduction, and countless people applied for a job for which they have absolutely no experience or qualifications for.  After reading a hundred resumes, I came up with 6 that passed muster. Let’s hope at least one passes the in-person interview this week.


About wonkydonkey

You want random? You got it. Mostly knitting and gardening, with some home improvements, pets, baking, family, and the occasional bad joke thrown in for good measure. This blog is mine; it is a place where I can insist upon proper grammar or break my own rules and degrade into slang on a whim. Either way, it's still mine. I love the Internet.
This entry was posted in Pet Peeves, Random Thoughts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to The devil is in the details

  1. sewsable says:

    and then actually wants the job.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s