I realize that this is a very tough job market. I know that many of you are desperate to find a job, any job that will utilize your special skills. I appreciate your taking the time to consider a position at my college.
But, it is readily apparent that some of you have not mastered the skill of selling your special skills in a manner that would cause me to spend more than 10 seconds reading your resume.
So, here are helpful, albeit, snarky suggestions for you the next time you reply to a posting. Keep in mind that my suggestions are not personal, it's strictly business.
- My posting specifically says that a Juris Doctor, meaning a law degree, is required. Not an Associates degree in paralegal studies or a BS degree or even a PhD in political science. I am sure you are a very nice person and I appreciate your accomplishments, but my accrediting body would not be happy with me if I hired you.
- This also means that you must have graduated. Graduated means you have completed your degree and you have the degree in your hand or hanging on a wall somewhere.
- Um, does the word "proofread" mean anything to you?
- In addition to proofreading, please make sure you properly format your resume. Some of the resumes I've seen are a hot mess!!!
- Cover letter. Use it. Tell me how you can help me.
- However, arrogance in a cover letter will get you a one way ticket to the "Hell to the No" pile. While one should be proud of their accomplishments, telling me that you are the greatest thing since sliced white bread and I should be honored to have you on my faculty is so not cool.
I am sure I can think of other suggestions, but right now, my head is spinning from those who choose not to follow these simple suggestions. Bottom line, don't be an ass hat.