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Five totally unfair reasons you didn’t get the job

Elizabeth Bromstein|

Employers love to complain that they just can’t find good help these days, which you’re thinking is pretty rich, since good help is staring them in the face, but you still can’t get a job, right?

This is a not uncommon sentiment among job seekers these days.

Hiring managers have to cull the herd somehow, since going through piles of resumes can be exhausting. And they do this by immediately rejecting certain people. Typo in the resume? That goes straight into the trash. The guy’s been out of work for a year? Well, they’re not going to be the one to hire him. Unfortunately for both them and you, this knee-jerk rejection method might be causing them to overlook the perfect candidate – you.

Here are five totally unfair reasons you didn’t get the job – and some tips to avoid getting rejected for them in the future.

You’re unemployed: The bias against the unemployed has gotten out of hand, with almost half of employers saying in a recent survey that they prefer job seekers who are currently employed. The reality is that nobody wants something that isn’t wanted by someone else. It’s true that maybe there is a good reason that someone is unemployed, but it’s ridiculously unfair to leave people lurching in a vicious cycle where they can’t find a job because they don’t already have one.

Avoid this happening to you by addressing the issue. Explain in writing – in your cover letter or resume – what you’ve been up to in the time you’ve been out of work. Were you taking a course? Working on a novel? Writing music? Travelling? Studying something? Make it sound productive (even if it wasn’t).

You don’t have five years of experience in their industry: Hiring managers are busy. They want someone who knows their business. But they might wind up waiting a long time for someone who fits all their skills requirements and has five years of experience in dietary supplement marketing or construction apparel product development.

Do some preliminary research into the industry, then address the discrepancy in your cover letter and outline how you plan to bring yourself up to speed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Demonstrate how matching skills in another industry can be more than enough if a candidate is willing to learn what they need to know.

There’s a typo in your resume or cover letter: This comes up again and again, whenever I poll hiring managers for reasons they immediately dismiss candidates. A typo supposedly indicates that a person doesn’t pay attention to detail. In reality, this isn’t necessarily true. We all know what happens when you’re sending out resumes and cover letters. You spend hours modifying them for specific jobs, going over them again and again, and trying to see the impression you’re making. Your eyes start to cross. Finally, you hit send, and realize your letter says, “I working in dietary supplement marketing for five years…” Dammit.

Unfortunately, the only way around this one is to not have typos in your documents. Send them to an eagle-eyed friend for editing before submitting.

You didn’t list a university degree: Employers realize that if you don’t list a degree there’s a pretty good chance you don’t have one. If you have a degree, list it. If you don’t, make sure your work experience looks as fantastic as possible, highlighting your results and accomplishments. Demonstrate that you are an outstanding candidate, and make them forget about the degree entirely.

There was a time when a lot of information was only available in a school or library setting. Now, you can learn literally everything you need to know online. Just because someone doesn’t have a degree in something doesn’t mean they’re not an expert. Demonstrate how much you know in your cover letter (within a reasonable amount of space and without getting off track).

There are going to be employers who will not hire you without a degree. The only thing you can do about them is go back to school and get one.

Your resume doesn’t exactly match the job description: Employers ask a lot these days in job descriptions, often demanding skills and experience far beyond what should be expected of any single person. Peter Cappelli, author of Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs, says in the WSJ, “For every story about an employer who can’t find qualified applicants, there’s a counterbalancing tale about an employer with ridiculous hiring requirements.”

Highlight all of the requirements that you do have, and express a willingness to acquire as many of those that you don’t as is reasonable. Showing that you’ve read the description thoroughly and are at least aware of all the requirements might give you a leg up over those who don’t mention them at all. It might also help if software is looking for those keywords.

Remember that the job search isn’t about you, but about showing a potential employer what you can do for them.

Life’s not fair, but maybe these tips will help balance things more in your favour.

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  • http://about.me/davidalangay David Gay

    Regarding the first reason mentioned:

    The article suggests you should try to avoid it by addressing the issue. That’s like
    asking a a member from a visible minority to explain why s/he was not
    hired because of skin colour, or asking a woman to explain why she was
    not hired because of her gender.

    Not being hired because you are unemployed is a form of discrimination. I don’t know what to call this form of “-ism”. Job potentialism? Unemploymentism? It does not matter what clever name I make up, it’s a form of discrimination, and much like racism, sexism, ageism and other “-isms” I haven’t mentioned, it’s wrong.

    I know I’ve said this catch phrase of mine many times on my blog, in my
    YouTube video series, and on comment sections like these, so I risk
    being accused of repeating myself if I say it one more time. After
    reading this article, however, the catch phrase just has to be said, so
    here we go:

    “Being unemployed is not a crime”.

    (maybe I should make that expression into a bumper sticker and sell it)

    • Roustam

      David Gay – well said! I couldn’t say it better.

    • Roustam

      Hello David Gay.
      To he honest I wish that I had never have too look for a job in my life. What to say, when I look for a job and spent a lot of time and energy for that .Plus, I have to spend money for transportation when it comes for the interview. And I don’t even get paid for that. I guess that I am not the only one who thinks this way.

    • Chuck Norris

      It certainly is a crime to a smug employer who often wish to get everything and pay next to nothing for it.

    • Elizabeth M. J. Albekeit

      What you do with your time is a choice while unemployed and how you present this to prospective employers is also a choice. I took some time off from my profession when I came to Ontario. Applied for a maternity leave position to test the waters of the profession (didn’t like the waters ethically speaking). Took some more time off when that was done and started to find a way to sell myself in a different profession. I read books on marketing and resume writing. Looked at my skill set in a new light and how the things I used in my profession of choice could be adapted to a different job. If you can redefine your skill set even from a totally different profession to a prospective employer you can get that job. It proves your a thinker can see beyond the lines most people create in the jobs they have worked.

      • http://about.me/davidalangay David Gay

        In my case, it was not just a redefinition of my skill set, it was (to quote a friend of mine) a complete and total reboot of many things about me I used to hold dear but were not working any more. As for how I used my time, that one was a given: my job search was my next job after my last full time one ended.

      • Henry Reyes

        What do you do with your bills while you reshape?
        And let me tell you, bills mountains grow fast!

        • Elizabeth M. J. Albekeit

          I have never been fired from a job or down sized I have always chosen when I take the time off to reshape my life and skills. So I always had the money to do what I want it’s just smart planning and living below your means for a time when you are ready, and yes I understand this is not the case for a lot of people out there looking for jobs but all your resources can come from a local library so you don’t have to spend more to make more of your self. It is always smart to have the money on hand to live for at least six months with out a job, accidents happen and insurance does not always kick in before your bills arrive.

    • Henry Reyes

      I had sail in this boat. Being disconsidered because you are unemployed and the worst is that you know that you have enough cualifications for fulfill the position. There is a say: THINK OUT OF THE BOX.
      I may think that this tendency is taking hiring staff to think inside a tiny box.
      About the degree, i know thousand of people that do not have a degree and with their experience, they can take over so many out there with a piece of paper hanging on their office walls.
      Final results and efficiency are not given by a degree, instead are given by the correct use of common sense.

  • Tania Pear Tree

    One obstacle Ive come across is that the hiring manager actually has a candidate in mind who they wish to give the job to, either a relation they have or someone on their team up for promotion. HR forces them to put postings up for the job to give the impression of fairness and equal opportunity but really it just gives enthusiastic candidates a false sense of hope.

    • Kanta

      So much true.

    • Yeah Yeah

      To add to Tania’s point – If you do apply to the job and get an interview, it’s going to be a bad interview (and possibly destructive to your self confidence). The hiring manager has already decided on a course of action with their own internal hire – and you and your superior qualifications are in their way.

      • Henry Reyes

        Same opposite happens when the hire has to come from outside and still they do the internal posting and as an internal employer you may think that you have a big chance of being considered for the position. After you find out that there is a new guy coming from out side, you feels like a beaten dog.

    • artsycreation

      So true and just wastes everyone’s time.

    • Leon

      You are right! Most of the advertised jobs are reserved for most of their people and to fulfill all righteouness, they advertise.

    • smscamp

      Not done with a spell checker, which any typo in a cover letter and resume would possibly indicate a bit of carelessness in the applicant

      That stated, Many jobs ads state: “may be limited to people of designated employment equity/affirmative action groups”

      I.e. if we can’t get anyone of such a group, even if we have scraped the bottom of the barrel, we may consider a more than qualified member of a non desiginated group.

      Today it has become a joke because they are still including women in jobs that have become female dominated or certain minority groups who are employed in a larger percentage of such a job than their actual population percentage.

      Definately list your university degree If you want to be hired even if you are not the most qualifed as doing the actual job.

      Reason. more and more jobs are requiring degrees even if they do not involve the actual education related to the knowledge of the position, and those who have college education or work experience are often excluded from applying.

      Why because most of the HRs doing the hiring today have university degrees, and some have bought into the educational supremacist mentality indoctrinated in them by their equally feeling superior to others university professors that a univeristy education automatically makes one superior and more qualified than someone who does not have one.

      Let’s not forget in the Canadian public service, in any area where official bilingualism exists, the same (bilingual) elitist social left mentality, some of the elitist mentality, doing the hiring also assumes that one is automatically qualified if they speak more than one language than one who does not, and are bilingual like superior qualfied people as themselves

  • gv

    actually youre not hired for the past six months is one of the silliest statement ive received from a certain employer..it doesnt sound fair isnt?

  • Mary S.

    So is it better that you are working – wouldn’t you then be questioned why you are leaving another employer ? Isn’t that worse ? What if you took time off for some valid reason?

  • Tammi Carson

    You’re very confident, you’re very assertive, and you’re too much of a threat to the person who wants to hire you. Also, you may remind them of someone in their past whom they still have “Issues” with. You beat them and one First Prize at The Science Fair, you may have gone to a Hot Shot University and they didn’t.

    • http://batman-news.com NN

      you’re too much of a threat to the person who wants to hire you – that’s the reality. Mediocrities abound in managing and hiring positions because industries have accepted that the managers’ lack of knowledge can be overcome by hiring experts but quite often the actual job can be done by a novice.

      • Jobe Johnson

        Thoroughly agreed.

    • Jobe Johnson

      NOW THIS is EXACTLY the issue I really think I may be facing. it has become an issue to a level to which now I have begun to Gamble during the interviews, I walk into. Do I tone my confidence down?? what the hell? shall I look like a nervous, frail individual? Now I know that some will give a crappy cliche answer such as “oh just be yourself, oh just act Normal…” etc. how can one be “normal” ? acting like a nervous wreck? show fragility? stutter? take you Qualifications away from your resume? my GOD… some of these managers (hiring managers) are such insecure little; for the lack of a better term.. bitches. insecurity gets the better of them. just so I intimidate the hiring manager?.. it doesn’t mean that I will be Taking his/her job.. Jesus, relax and stop with your insecurities

  • Andre Hayes

    I know these five reasons and I can name about twenty others

    • Henry Reyes

      I can add 50 more.

  • TorontoTB

    I was laid off thru no fault of my own and have not been able to find a job and this, apparently is holding me back!? So, I need to have a job to find another … it’s a Catch 22.

    As well, the start date on my resume is probably the same year the recruiter was born or was still in diapers. Big no-no there too.

  • Andy Elsey

    When your age is 50+!

  • HabsNumberOne

    ATS and Lazy retarded HR practices

    • Roustam

      I think that many of them are truly are.

  • richado

    Forgotten is ageism. And affirmative action and quota hiring practices. I experienced these first hand- here and overseas. More blatant overseas. Also applications taken on line are easy to disqualify. No one has to held accountable as to why your application was dismissed. In my field the standard line is ‘re-apply’ in a year’s time.

    • smscamp

      Many jobs ads state: “may be limited to people of designated employment equity/affirmative action groups”

      I.e. if we can’t get anyone of such a group, even if we have scraped the bottom of the barrel, we may consider a more than qualified member of a non desiginated group

  • hotdice

    number one with a bullet: ageism.

    • smscamp

      The elitist social left that seems to run the HR depts/Unions today have problem about fighting age discrimination would often involve stopping discrimination against some people who are White or Male, which the same breed have seen fit to stereotype/label all members of the group as “privileged”, “advantaged”, who these same people feel justified to discriminate against with employment equity/affirmative action legislation, partly because of such stereotypes.

  • Kate Shaw

    The biggest unfair reason you didn’t get the job is: YOU ARE TOO OLD. Although hiring a 25 year old girl who lives with her parents and will work cheap can also mean that the instant she’s hired, she’ll get pregnant — and there are weak laws against discrimination by age — the sad fact of the matter is that if you are 50 or older and you have 25 years of experience in their field, and you’re not going to get pregnant unless Wise Men are seen riding camels down Main Street — they will have to pay you more because you’re experienced, and you are Not Perky, Cute, and Bubbly.

    • Mary S.

      I think these days you don’t even have to be over 50 ! I am in my late 40′s and I have reason to believe based on experiences I have had that even over 40 you are being passed over for the younger generation who may work for cheap but doesn’t have the “life experiences”…depends on what field you are in or where you apply…if the people hiring you are in same age range or older you may have a better chance…..

    • TheBronzePrince

      This is also where your education works against you. If you have on your resume that you graduated from high school/college/university in the 80′s (for instance), you may as well put your birthdate on your resume,because you’ve date stamped yourself.

    • smscamp

      The elitist social left that seems to run the HR depts/Unions today have problem about fighting age discrimination as it would often involve stopping discrimination against some people who are White or Male, which the same breed have seen fit to stereotype/label all members of the group as “privileged”, “advantaged”, who these same people feel justified to discriminate against with employment equity/affirmative action legislation, partly because of such stereotypes.

  • Roustam

    So, what left for many unemployment individuals to do? Not even bother searching for a job and go and asking support from the government? Living on the streets and begging for pennies? Or maybe simply disappear in horrible way. Because nobody cares… No! I don’t want I refuse to believe in that! Unemployed people – we should fight back if necessary. But it should not be bloody fight, but righteous one where good sense of wisdom, love, generosity, and great sacrifice takes place.

    • Henry Reyes

      Dude, we need taxi drivers. Remember, that the doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc. that migrate from other country, have to drive those yellow cars(black if they work around the airports)
      Is the system, is not the employers neither them.

      • Roustam

        So, some of us may just try the career of taxi driver as well. Thanks for the tip, dude.

  • Bob Lawton

    Another is that you are too old….they can’t say this but I’ve hears it put like this….”You don’t fit into our succession plan”.

    • smscamp

      The elitist social left that seems to run the HR depts/Unions today do not care about age as it good often would involve stopping discrimination against some people who are White or Male, which the same breed in the universities have seen fit to stereotype/label all of the group as “privileged”, “advantaged”, who these same people feel justified to discriminate against with employment equity/affirmative action legislation, partly because of such stereotypes.

  • CCConsultant

    How about in the “Dry” times in between being “employed” you register yourself on one of the “e” worksites? Elance is an example. Look to see if there is an “e” employment site that applies to your field of work. Then You are always employed, and staying current with what is happening in your industry by doing timely pertinent work. Also, you are proving to potential employers that your creative, self motivated, and the icing on the cake is that they can go online to see the reviews of your work! None of the “isms” would apply, your work would speak for itself.

    • http://about.me/davidalangay David Gay

      That’s a viable option, provided two factors are working in your favour.

      The first one is what type of competition are you coming up against in the niche you are trying to fill. If there are others who are already well established and with a higher reference rating than, say, someone who just registered, getting traction is going to be a challenge at first. It’s doable, but be prepared for an up-hill fight.

      The other aspect is that old saying, “location, location, location”. A high population density will garner demand, but rural areas might not return the hoped for business.

      A final note is that if the person does not pay, these task brokerage places like E-lance will not reimburse you for any losses from nonpayment. That’s your job to go after that person.

      • Ali

        It would be interesting to find out how many of the new jobs that are created are filled by unemployed people. If not many, then the pie is not expanding, and the economy thus does not fully reap the benefits of new job creation.

        • Richard

          The issues raised in this article are more than those addressed – the writer reflects the state of employers and those who employ in organizations – what a bunch of scum bags. Clearly, what needs to be done is redefine as to who can work and those who fall outside the ambit. At least expectations wouldl be more realistic – why hide behind silly and stupid reasons like make a spelling error and so on.

  • Vero

    I have been to many interviews after returning to my home town after being working and living outside the region for 25 years. I could not believe the type of questioning that came around the table (6 person panel) Oh, so you live across from my old house – Are you related to…. Oh, your so and so sister; never knew of you – you don’t mind after this interview to do an hour of testing – How long have you been out of school – Why would you not work and raise your child at the same time – didn’t you need money during that time – also sitting there while the rest of the staff at the round table, waiting for late panel members and listening to the so call professionals discuss their weekend partying!! Are you kidding me my time unlike yours is to valuable to waste… So to make the story short – I was to intelligent to work there as I would shame them all at my amazing job performance and job etiquettes. I recently found out that they hire student that are coming out of high school with a starting salary of 25$ hr.with no experience and no ambition. You ask how they get the job? Certainly not by merit but from a friend of the family, aunts, uncles, father, mother whom puts in an exaggerated good word – yep they even take out their violins to sound more persuasive! And people quit playing the damn race card. In any type of head office that I worked in for the past 25 years in TO, I was always the minority and I AM WHITE! Sooooo Plllleeeaaassseee

    • Roustam

      Dear Vero. I understand you very much.What you mentioned in your message is exactly what makes me upset. Yes, I feel bad when todays people choose ignorance over knowledge, when people promote irresponsible and messy individuals, but ditch down punctual hard working ones, and when people choose selfish whim over common sense.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/nickwii777 Nicolas Guilbault

    wow I have 4 of the 5 problem. Only the typo is the one I get good. The match description is often true because I dont have a lot of experience. Almost 250 resumes I distribute since more than one year and no result, just a few phone contact and a few meetings during all this time. I feel so excluded, desasperated, I don’t know what to do. I live alone in a appartment, My parents pay 100% of my bills and food. I want to pay these bills myself. I don’t have money. I cannot have health care because my parents makes to much money. Just an unfair life. The only think i can do is doing my own business because I have a decent video games collection.

    • Altario

      If your resume is anything like this posted comment, then “the typo is the one you got bad”. You may want to have someone read over your resume for typos and grammar.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/nickwii777 Nicolas Guilbault

        I speak french that’s why my english is not pefect btw. I am in the quebec area of canada.

        • smscamp

          In the public service where there is any official bilingualism legislation, you can talk and write poorly in English and it will be no problem.

          The only problem is if are not a Francophone who can not talk and write perfectly in French, then you have a tiny few Francophones who can not do the same either, making complaints that are taken seriously

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/nickwii777 Nicolas Guilbault

            Where I live in quebec, french is the language. You must speak french. Quebec is like France. Quebec is 8 million of people here. The rest of the Canada speak english. Thats why some people wants Quebec to be separated of the rest of Canada by being a country.

  • artsycreation

    being overweight
    looking older than you are
    these are more likely than some of the reasons you listed

    • smscamp

      Age is a big problem because you are often being hired by 25 to 30 year old types who have automatically labeled you unable to adapt, or bigoted, or whatever the reason for the 60′s mantra of never trust anyone over 30, that is still be indoctrinated on university campuses

  • Altario

    I will agree to the ageism is see in the comments here. As an older candidate, I might have experienced that myself.
    However, too many of the comments here are a lot of griping against business. Perhaps that shows through during the interview?
    Also, as someone who hires for my company, for every job opening I have, I get many, many resumes. Not everyone is going to get hired, unfortunately. It really is a numbers game, and not some vast conspiracy to keep you from getting a job.
    BTW, I prefer people who are out of work, rather than already employed, because I feel they are hungrier for a job and might be more loyal and motivated. The one looking while they have a job makes me wonder if the minute I hire them will they be looking for something else.

  • Mary S.

    Is anyone as tired as I am of these “behavioural analysis” questions ? I think they should be out-lawed !!!! I was recently being considered for a position through a staffing agency…I was contacted on behalf of the company to ask “what are my weaknesses”…. I never got the assignment….won’t of course be told why…even though based on the job duties I would have been qualified…..Really, how qualified are some of these people doing hiring to psycho analyze people ? Has anyone heard on how effective this method of screening people is ? I hate it…

  • TheBronzePrince

    There was a time not too long ago when you could get a decent blue collar job with a grade 10 education. It wasn’t glamorous, but it was a solid job that could last you if you worked hard enough. Then, it became a high school diploma. Fine, did that. Nowadays, you have to have that University degree (though I doubt being an English Lit major helps much), with a working knowledge of French (in Canada) and better than good computer skills. The point is, the bar is always being raised, and it’s nearly impossible to keep up.

    • smscamp

      Employment equity/affirmative action laws are supposed to stop those wanting to hire their own kind.

      Problem is they have become out of date and not reflecting the current realiity.
      In 99% of jobs today,

      It is no longer the high school graduate Archie Bunker type doing the hiring in only wanting his own White Male kind, but the university educated, (Bilingual in the Canadian public service) doing the hiring and only wanting university educated types like themselves (and English/French speakers in the Canadian public service).

      Proof is more and more jobs are requiring degrees even if they do not involve the actual education related to the knowledge of the position,

      On the other hand, any community college person with education related to the position is often not allowed to apply because of simply wanting to hire their own educated kind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Monson-Douglas/1260592633 Bobby Monson Douglas

    One business I worked at years ago… Someone dropped off a resume and the office lady promptly threw it in the garbage because the applicant was not white… She actually told me that. I was stunned..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Monson-Douglas/1260592633 Bobby Monson Douglas

    I worked on the order desk, the guy I worked with was not white, I did not care about that. One day I was in the washroom and I could hear the order desk phones ringing and ringing. I came running out of the washroom to see my ‘partner’ sitting there and the letting the phone ring, not answering it. I asked him ‘why on earth’ would he not answer the phone (in not those exact words). I am the one who ended up being fired for not answering the phone. Figure that one out…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Monson-Douglas/1260592633 Bobby Monson Douglas

    Tania Pear Tree • 6 days ago
    One obstacle I’ve come across is that the hiring manager actually has a candidate in mind who they wish to give the job to, either a relation they have or someone on their team up for promotion.”
    I think Tania’s right, I’ve seen this a lot in the last few years where I’ve worked. Mostly it’s been a relative or friend ‘they’ have that needs a job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Monson-Douglas/1260592633 Bobby Monson Douglas

    “Tania Pear Tree • 6 days ago
    One obstacle I’ve come across is
    that the hiring manager actually has a candidate in mind who they wish to give
    the job to, either a relation they have or someone on their team up for
    promotion.”
    I think Tania’s right, I’ve seen this a lot in the last few years where
    I’ve worked. Mostly it’s been a relative or friend ‘they’ have.
    One business I worked at years ago… Person dropped off a resume and the office lady promptly threw it in the garbage because the applicant was not white… She actually told me that. I was stunned. I worked on the
    order desk at that one business, the guy I worked with was not white, I did not
    care about that. One day I was in the washroom and I could hear the order desk
    phones ringing and ringing. I came running out of the washroom to see my
    ‘partner’ sitting there and the letting the phone ring, not answering it. I
    asked him ‘why on earth’ he would not answer the phone (in not those exact
    words). I am the one who ended up being fired for not answering the phone.
    Figure that one out…

    Tania
    Pear Tree • 6 days ago

    One obstacle I’ve come across is that the hiring manager actually has a
    candidate in mind who they wish to give the job to, either a relation they have
    or someone on their team up for promotion.”

    I think Tania’s right, I’ve seen this a lot in the last few years where I’ve
    worked. Mostly it’s been a relative or friend ‘they’ have that needs a job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Monson-Douglas/1260592633 Bobby Monson Douglas

    “Tania Pear Tree • 6 days ago
    One obstacle I’ve come across is
    that the hiring manager actually has a candidate in mind who they wish to give
    the job to, either a relation they have or someone on their team up for
    promotion.”

    I think Tania’s right, I’ve seen this a lot in the last few years where
    I’ve worked. Mostly it’s been a relative or friend ‘they’ have.

    One business I worked at years ago… Person dropped off a resume and the office lady promptly threw it in the garbage because the applicant was not white… She actually told me that. I was stunned.
    I worked on the order desk at that one business, the guy I worked with was not white, I did not care about that. One day I was in the washroom and I could hear the order desk phones ringing and ringing. I came running out of the washroom to see my
    ‘partner’ sitting there and the letting the phone ring, not answering it. I
    asked him ‘why on earth’ he would not answer the phone (in not those exact
    words). I am the one who ended up being fired for not answering the phone.
    Figure that one out…
    I think Tania’s right, I’ve seen this a lot in the last few years where I’ve
    worked. Mostly it’s been a relative or friend ‘they’ have that needs a job.
    Even to this day, I believe it’s been a relative or friend ‘they’ have that needs a job.
    Too many of the relatives or friends are idiots who can’t do the job…And/or can
    not speak English very well.

  • Laura

    I really like this article. There are some accurate points being made. Currently, I am living the unemployed scenario. Yes, it is true that no one wants some thing that isn’t wanted by some thing else, but isn’t that the whole idea of a job search?

  • Adam of the Fifth Order

    I think it also depends on the mood the person is in that day and whether they are attracted to you :)

    • Roustam

      You are damn right.

  • Boss Hogg

    Personally I think most HR professionals are anything but. My wife just did an interview with one of those HR types, it was three hours long included all sorts of stupid and irrelevant questions – the position – cashier in a grocery store.

  • Isabelle Ofume

    As for sending an email with an error, I recommend using Gmail’s undo button.

  • Conrado

    Correct observations, more so if your degree was obtained outside North America. However, degree holders from my country have been hired in England, Scotland, US and other First World countries.

  • Catharine

    What about parents who have chosen to say at home when there children were small. It is ok to write about why you haven’t been working if you chose to take time off to study or travel because it can be made to sound interesting and gaining a different set of skills however the last thing one wants to talk about is family in a cover letter or at interviews.
    What is the best way about explaining large gaps of time on your resume because of parenting?

  • Kristi

    I am at a loss right now. Most of these points apply to myself. A bit of my back story, i have worked in oil and gas for over 5 years. From rough neck to shop foreman, I then went and became EMR certified and worked as a medic. I have a very good knowledge of the oil field and i am one of the few who enjoys hard work. This past September i had a nasty crash on my dirtbike and i tore every thing in my knee. Unable to walk and recovery has been very long. Its going to be 7 months in a few days. I am unable to return as a medic, as i am unable to preform the physical duties any more. This has been my struggle. Everything that i am “qualified” or “trained” for i can not physically do any more. I have been applying to many desk jobs or mild physical activity. I have received phone calls from hiring managers saying they have x,y or z job but i am not qualified for the job i want. They want me to apply for the other job openings they have that i am qualified for. But once again i am unable to do these labor jobs do to my knee injury. Anyone have any ideas on what i can do?. I want to go and take some courses to help but not working for 7 months has put a huge strain on my financial situation. I am at my very end before things go bad. I am a very hard worker and i love a new challenge, i am just having a hard time finding a place that will let me show them what i got.