Last week we posted a job description looking for a new community manager for our sites. The response was overwhelming and we received many amazing resumes and applications. The top 10 were invited to participate in the next stage of the search by submitting video posts explaining why they wanted the job. The videos showed clearly why these candidates made the top 10 cut to begin with. They are dedicated and passionate, something we value a lot for our company.
Some candidates really stood out and impressed us. They did crazy things like submit their application an hour after we requested it, created a website, sent multiple video posts and recorded themselves from a Sonic Drive-Through to illustrate their 24/7 hustle.
If you want to stand out you have to be willing to think creatively and show that you have that drive. We had people submit resumes that were far more qualified with impressive work experience, but that’s really not what was most important to us. In the end we wanted someone who would out hustle the rest and be hungry to learn every day.
Unfortunately not all of the applicants were such rock stars. There were some obvious job no-no’s we ran across when reviewing submissions. I came up with a list of tips on things to avoid when applying for jobs that might be useful to current job seekers.
Don’t send links to dead social networking accounts. If you have a Twitter account but don’t follow anyone and have never tweeted from it, I probably don’t need to see it. I wouldn’t call attention to the fact that you don’t use this tool when this job involves social networking and being familiar with this platform. It’s calling attention to your weakness, so leaving it out is probably best.
Telling me about your social media expertise and then linking to your Twitter account with less than 100 followers is probably not a good idea either. Don’t try to build up your qualifications or exaggerate, especially when your potential employer obviously knows a thing or two about social media. It looks bad on your part.
One of the weirdest applications had very little information and a few links. Then the applicant stated that they had many qualifications for the job but too many to list. I’m not sure if that’s laziness or ignorance but please, DO tell me why you are qualified for the job.
I’m not sharing this information to embarrass or make fun of anyone. I’m sharing it in the hope that it helps job seekers and those who are looking to work in sports or any industry. If you’ve made similar mistakes in the past, don’t worry. Be positive, sharpen your game and keep working toward your goals.