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Are These Job Seekers Stupid or Lazy?

Posted on September 13th, by Henry Goldbeck in Career, Job Search. Comments Off on Are These Job Seekers Stupid or Lazy?

I can’t decide whether these job seekers are stupid or lazy or both?

As an employee at a recruitment firm, I get emails from job applicants. I don’t recruit, my name is NOT affiliated with any job opportunities on our website, nor do I pretend to hire for a position, yet I still get applications. I try my best to forward the resumes but, as of this week it  I have 3580 emails from job seekers sitting in my inbox, waiting to be forwarded.

I am not going to lie, it’s not in my top 10 priorities.

So if you are serious about the job you are applying for, address it to the right person.

My second gripe, is if you are sending one line emails it will be added to the trash.

Any of these one-liners will do (Unedited emails from my inbox):

  •  “hello can i get help for getting job”
  •  “Plz find the enclosed file herewith – Thanx With Regards”
  • “ I owuld like to know the best course which has good job prospects. Thank you  plzz help

If you can’t spot the problem then you need help. One of my “fingernail to the chalkboard” pet peeves about bad  job seekers is the texting abbreviations. There is no character restrictions in an email, there is no need to abbreviate. Out of the two evils I much prefer spelling typo’s than the plz’s, xoxo’s, thx’s.

So please stop, take time your time and put a little effort into your job applications. I guarantee the results will be much better.


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Henry E. Goldbeck, President and founder of Goldbeck Recruiting Inc, is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) with over 24 years recruiting experience. In his 13 years at the helm of Goldbeck Recruiting, Henry has built the company's reputation as a leading headhunter and recruitment agency in sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and executive level positions across a variety of industries.

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