I’ve a common sense based, master tip for all the job applicants out there. No matter what industry or domain you belong to; the tip is effective and will save you from embarrassment. It’s very simple:-
Don’t Fake It!
We had invited applications from engineers / technology enthusiasts who’re passionate about writing about technology, engineering, gadgets, startups etc. Being a reputed technology blog we publish all our news in English. We knew that most of the applicant’s won’t have English as their first language; so following expectations were set:-
- Applicant should be passionate about writing.
- May not be English Guru but should be able to construct simple English sentences.
- No casual attitude. Not to be mixed with funny, witty style of writing.
- No copy-pasting. If you copy – paste from other source; how’d we believe that you’re passionate about writing?
After publishing the announcement several applicants wrote emails to us. I thought that any applicant who’d show seriousness about writing would be considered for the next level of screening. But then 90% of the applications looked similar to this:
i’m very passionate about writing. if u give me a chance, i will prove to u that i cn deliver d best results…
Keep in mind that the applicant was applying to a ‘writing’ / ‘blogging’ job. If you can’t compose a simple email (by the way, how many of you think nothing’s wrong in above email?); you can’t convince us that you’re passionate about writing. If you were passionate about writing, you’d at least pay attention to your email! It’s just darn pretty basic freaking common sense!
So, keep in mind: Don’t Fake It. You’re just wasting world’s time. Go watch TV instead.