Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wastoids of my time

Generally speaking, recruiting hasn't been my favourite aspect of HR, but I still try to do a good job at it. And every once in awhile, I start to get into a groove and I really don't mind it.

Then something like this arrives in my email box.

(from actual cover letter, which was wittily called "Not a cover letter")

I'm not really a cover letter kind of guy, I've read many in my day and to my experience, they're usually quite narcissistic. My resume speaks for itself. If you find by my skills and experience that I'd be a fit for your company, I'd be more than happy to tell you how wonderful I am over the phone or in person.


Now some people might think - hey this is different, it will make him stand out, and it will probably get him an interview since they will just want to meet the guy.


If I had nothing else to do in my day than to meet people for the sake of it. Quite honestly this was stupid. Yes it got my attention. Hell, I'm even blogging about it, but I am certainly not calling him.

Why? Because this person wasn't applying for some hip, creative, "out-of-the-box" position. He applied to a technical job that we need to fill; a job that we need to fill with a professional that will "fit our company".

My analysis: He sent me a cover letter (that isn't a cover letter)that reads like his dad told him to apply for the job, but he didn't really want to and is hoping like hell that his piss poor attempt at an application with be rejected.

Mission accomplished.

And this is what bugs me about recruiting.
The wastoids of my time.


Anonymous said...

Oh I am SO with you on this one. In a previous HR spot, during major recruiting days, I would get this sort of letter and, you are right on, if there is time a'plenty, then fine, let's play - but we know that is almost never the case. Cover letters are useful. They tell me whether the person who has presented themselves to me can write clearly, has researched the position and the company, and can adequately describe why, out of the hundreds of others, I should now turn and look the resume. Wastoid of time indeed. I appreciate you sharing this. Knowing that my fellow HR Crusaders get the same globby ick from applicants makes it a little easier.
Good stuff - thanks!

Corporate Daycare said...

@rlsherman - I appreciate the support. I don't put a lot of weight in cover letters, but they can certainly set the tone.

And it is a comfort to know we are not alone or conversely, that there are idiots everywhere.