Posted : 7/13/2011 12:47:09 PM
Thanks for explaining that. As a person who works in accounts payable and has numerous admin assistant duties to boot, I already understand the importance of accuracy, no condescension necessary.
Does it make me dumb if I make errors? No. I might make dumb mistakes, but who hasn't? That is my point.
Tina - I didn't mean to be condescending. Truly -- not *all* jobs require a high level of accuracy. Some jobs may require accuracy of one kind over another, and *none* of us are every completely infallible (oh how I wish I could be such even for one day!)
In this case proofing one's own work is more important than other stuff (and I've already proven to myself this morning that *I* can't add two and two and get four! *sigh*).
This lady's background is in a more customer service position where enthusiasm probably counted for more than it would here. But she did herself damage with her hasty email, and did the opposite of what she was trying to do in renewing our interest.
Some jobs put pressure on people to "multi-task" (man, any job description for a secretary so often uses "must be able to multi-task" as a euphemism for "Must be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound" that it's scarey) or work very very fast -- but people tend to assume that ALL jobs want/need that.
I just wish she'd listened a bit more in the interview to pick up on what was critical to this job, but she missed it.
Nor did I mean this woman was unintelligent -- she's smart. She also was a really nice person, however she did make some really dumb mistakes, and it cost her -- not so much for the particular mistake, but simply because she showed she wasn't careful what she typed before she pressed "send".
But in this day and age you can't really tell people what they've done wrong either. You have to send them an email that says something generic and non-critical like "we've decided to go in a different direction" or else wait weeks longer to reply to her to say "the position has been filled".
Lots of people are still desperate to find work -- thankfully we haven't had to lay anyone off; but in the past when I've been unemployed & "stuck in a rut" of not finding a job I've often wished I could truly get feedback from an interviewer to tell me what the heck I did wrong? What Lies said above is important -- if you don't follow the basic requests in the ad or whatever has been asked of you when you send in your resume, then you've wasted your own time. I also think it's really interesting that she's devised that oh-so-simple way to simply weed out a huge share of resumes she's not going to consider because they simply didn't follow directions. It's a valid idea.
I just feel badly because when people need jobs as badly as they do, they don't realize how easily they've shot themselves in the foot with one silly email. Making yourself **look** dumb doesn't mean you are ... but it's costly if you can prevent it.