So it's hiring season! That joyous time of year when my theatre company prepares to swell its ranks with legions of tech people who will spend their summers making theatre.
Ads were posted in various trade publications and websites before we left for holiday break. I came back on Wednesday to 862 e-mails (of course, only 47 were resumes, the rest spam--but still) In March there is an insane long weekend theatre conference where we'll interview about 200 people in 2 and a half days, but most of our resume submissions come through e-mail. Although BossMan's name is the offical contact person, I'm the one who actually checks the e-mail box and sorts the resumes. Since the majority of our potential seasonal employees are college students, I run into a lot of cover letters, e-mails and terrible resumes that make me cringe.
I know that etiquette and professionalism discourage me from smacking stupid interviewees--or at least sending them scathing reply e-mails--it can be difficult to hold myself back. Which leads me to:
GRIPE OF THE DAY!
I understand that you're applying to many different companies. It's not so very difficult to write a standard cover letter and just change a few key bits of information for each company you send it to. If you feel that it's just too much trouble to send 10 different e-mails and you need to send one bulk e-mail to 10 companies, at least use the blind copy function of your e-mail so I can't see all the other places you're applying!
I kid you not, I got a resume today from a girl and there were 10 other companies in the cc line. Her e-mail read:
"To Whom it May Concern, I would like to be an Electrician for Your Company. I think my Electrician skills would make me a valuable asset to Your Company." ...and so forth.
Not only does this show me that she couldn't care less about my company in particular, but if I can see she's applying to my company and also Really Well Known Company A, I know that she's either skilled enough to get hired at Company A--in which case she has no business applying to my much much smaller company--or she has no idea how prestigious Company A is--in which case she's probably not skilled enough to work at either place.
So there's the Gripe of the Day. Please stay tuned for future dispatches from the land of hiring mayhem!