Rather let the crime of the guilty go unpunished than condemn the innocent.
I used to work for this guy that would always look for what people did wrong, never what went right. Not only was the glass half empty with him, it was cracked and the contents were contaminated. I remember one time where he hid M&M candy pieces in his office on the floor behind things to see how good a job the cleaning person did. The next morning, he would check to see if any M&Ms were left not found and then called the cleaning service to tell them what a lousy job they did. Every meeting with him was a challenge, you almost wanted to do something wrong so that you could tell him what it was as soon as the meeting started so that you could move on to other topics. Worse yet, he was a big fan of embarrassing people in front of others (to show how smart he was). He actually said to me one time, I dont know what youve done wrong this time, but I will not rest until I find it. The only good news was that he did this to everyone so it was not like he singled you out. And, after all, he couldnt fire everyone.
So whats the point? You really need to make sure all of your job search documents are as perfect as the can be. Most hiring managers are overwhelmed with the sheer volume of applicants and it sometimes doesnt take much to rule out someone (like misspelling, no cover letter, etc.).
- 20 avoidable job search mistakes Some of these mistakes are pretty funny (as long as it hasnt happened to you) while others are common sense. All of them will not only help you focus your search, but also help ensure you too dont make one of these mistakes. There are several that are a common theme, one of which is relying on a single job hunt strategy (such as using the internet only in your search). One I have not seen before (but makes perfect sense) is joining your local Chamber of Commerce. This article, from Careerbuilder.com, is worth a read.
- Job Search Gone Bad A few links for you here, as there are some really good articles on this (one of which is mine):