I recently posted a job opening which included (I thought) clear instructions as to how to apply for the job opening:
"To apply please forward your resume (including the following: name of employer, position held, dates of employment) through this website or you can apply in person from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays."
My first response was "Iam interested can u please email me a application."
The second was "i can give you my resume in person. Reach me at 414-xxx-xxxx leave a voicemail if i dont pick up."
Their first mistake? Ignoring simple application/resume instructions. Second mistake? Asking the employer for more of an effort than they're willing to put in themselves. Third mistake? Not realizing they were making the first two mistakes.
Part of the reason employers provide specific application procedures is because we want to find out if the person interested in that job can follow simple instructions. When those instructions are ignored, it tells us a lot about that job candidate. It also tells us alot about job candidates when they not only ignore our instructions but feel quite comfortable in telling us how they'd prefer we handle it.
Employers who receive lots of applications for each opening do not have the time or resources to handle your special requests. If you want special favors, ask your family or friends (or fairy godmother!). If you want a job, the shoe is on the other foot, Cinderella - it's your responsibility to make sure evilcatbert gets what she wants or you'll be stuck at home while everyone else is having a ball at work.
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