Would you consider a resume sent as part of a job application to be business correspondence? So would I. Yet when my husband asked a young woman who responded to an ad for assistance why she did not capitalize (the word) “I,” she replied that she would know to capitalize it on work documents. He did not find that a convincing enough answer to offer her an interview.
The ad we placed, which prompted the above response, specified that we were looking for someone who pays meticulous attention to detail and English grammar. While we met some highly qualified and impressive people, the bulk of the responses inspired the immediate use of the delete button. The “i” was so egregious that we couldn’t refrain from asking about it, but it was by no means the only blatant error.
One woman insisted that she would be a valuable ‘edition’ to our team. More applicants than you’d believe didn’t read the ad carefully enough to note that a cover letter was required. Yet, all of the resumes touted their college education. How can anyone graduate college without learning the basics of acquiring a job? Quite easily—in fact, it seems that many colleges almost seem to set that as a goal.
If you haven’t seen the video (warning: offensive language) of the 2014 national debate competition won by Towson University, you should. If you are human, it should make you angry. If you are American, that anger should notch up to rage. As a female, my indignation ratcheted up to incensed. If I was black, I think my blood would boil.
Did these girls win because of racist or sexist judges? Were these judges convinced that black females could never win on merit, so they held them to an inferior standard? Perhaps the most intriguing question is why these girls sound more intelligent when interviewed (by a reporter who has no veracity after pretending theirs was a real accomplishment) than when they debated? Is the whole thing simply a “we hate America and traditional values” farce similar to President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after his election?
I honestly don’t know. I do know that billions of dollars are being spent on providing a college anti-education for young people. My own children have told me that they came out of college feeling less intelligent than when they went in. Here’s a tip. Should you see a job opening placed by my husband and me in the future, play down college and emphasize your real-life skills.
I had to chuckle when I realized that our featured resource
this week was Perils of Profanity: You Are What You Speak.
Surely, someone should buy a truckful (bulk discounts available) and give them out at graduations around the country.