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Not Bringing a Pen Job Hunting

It’s currently hiring season at my restaurant, so we’ve been seeing a lot of job hunters coming in and filling out applications. Most people come prepared. They’ll be wearing nice clothes and have their résumé handy. But if they don’t have a pen, they aren’t getting hired. Not bringing a pen while job hunting is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. It means you’re not serious about getting a job. It means you’re not responsible. It means you’re not getting hired. I would say that about 30% of the job seekers who come into my restaurant don’t bring a pen and ask to borrow one. We usually give them a crayon or a marker to fill out the application so it’s obvious that they were unprepared. Occasionally we hand them a pen and let them fill everything while we inform the managers that they didn’t bring a pen. We will let them do the paperwork for fifteen minutes just to waste their time. No pen, no job. It’s as simple as that.

Critically Rated at 3/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Application Survey Questionnaires

Job hunting sucks, and Application Survey Questionnaires are a big reason why. It’s not enough to have a resume with years of experience with a nice cover letter anymore. Now a lot of businesses have an Application Survey Questionnaire that you’re required to fill out. They’ll ask you a series of questions about whether or not you consider yourself to be a leader, if you are willing to take directions and criticism, and how you feel about personal problems in a professional environment.  It’s filled with tricks and traps designed to reveal your real personality and your character flaws. They’ll ask the same question a few different ways though out the survey in the hopes that you’ll answer it wrong at least once. It’s a bureaucratic way to sift through hundreds of applications, and lots of potential candidates are rejected because they don’t take tests well. And they are time consuming, so you’ll spend forty minutes filling out an application for a job you know you won’t get because you suck at Application Survey Questionnaires. I consider myself lucky because I already have a job (I’m just looking for a second one). I’m not feeling the pressure of a real job hunt. To all those on the job hunt: I wish you well, it’s a jungle out there.

Critically Rated at 3/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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