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Top 5 DON’Ts When Applying for a New Job.

The foundation of every strong business is having the right team in place. We are constantly accepting job applications whether or not we’re actively hiring.  Often, as the demands of a growing business increase, staff sometimes rise to the occasion or burst at the seam and it becomes necessary to replace or hire additional personnel. Our quest (over the last year or so) to find additional awesome staff members have led me to write this post.

We’ve received several thousand applications…yes, I said thousands. After combing through hundreds of resumes, interviewing way too many candidates, I am gobsmacked by the level of incompetence and clue.less.ness that existed among some of the candidates. There are lots of folks who want to work….let me rephrase that….there are lots of folks who want a paycheck….work optional. It was difficult to only list 5, but I’ve put together my top 5 list of DON’Ts when applying for a new job ( from an employer’s perspective). Keep in mind, these are things I’ve actually encountered repeatedly.


1. DON’T submit  an outdated resume’. If your resume’s objective is to “utilize your skills to be the best big rig truck driver”, please don’t submit it to a job for a medical office assistant. Take the time to update your resume and make it relevant to the job for which you’re applying. Also- graduating from high school 35 years ago with honors…not relevant!

2. DON’T  include your lifetime worth of experiences and education on your resume. Resumes that are too wordy or too long often gets deleted or shredded. We review hundreds of resumes during the hiring process, if the first page fails to capture our attention, chances are page 2 or 3 won’t either. Try to keep it to one page.

3. DON’T begin your cover letter stating “I had seen your ad on ___.” Need I say more? Grammar matters. Next!

5. If you’re fortunate enough to be called in for an interview, during the interview, DON’T berate or tongue-lash your former employer. It doesn’t bode well for you. It immediately casts an unfavorable shadow as to your proclivity for negativity… It’s not a good first impression.

4. If your potential boss says to you “Do you have a felony charge on your background?” DON’T lie about it. Be honest! Chances are, they already have the results of your background check and are giving you the opportunity to come clean.

Here’s a bonus one… 6. If your felony sentencing hearing is 2 months out, DON’T bother applying or interviewing for the job in the first place. True story!

Do relax, smile and be yourself. Having a good work ethic, great personality and teachable attitude often supersedes experience. I could have easily made this my top 30 list fo Do’s and Don’ts. This process is always an eye opener.

I’m curious to know: if you’re a hiring manager, do you have any DON’Ts to add to this list?Also, if you’re looking for a job, do you tailor  your resume to fit the position your applying for or do you send a blanket resume to any available job?

The Republican National Convention is Here!

Amidst the threat of Hurricane Isaac and the decision to postpone the start of the convention for a day, there is no denying the enormous benefits having the RNC in Tampa will bring. Over the next three days, if all goes well, history will be made as Mitt Romney will become the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.

So all eyes converge on Tampa. Tampa, however,  is no novice when it comes to inviting the nation into its home. Each year the city hosts the annual Gasparilla Invasion (similar to Mardi Gras, but with lots of pirates), and also has hosted multiple Super bowls. These events have accumulated  tens of thousands of people.

The RNC preparation has had major impacts on our city. Downtown is bustling. We underwent a significant face lift. Instead of pruning trees, the city has totally replaced  trees along many of the streets within the vicinity of the RNC. The main entries into the city core  has undergone extensive landscaping; City Hall has a new copper roof and our bridges have colorful up-lighting along them. The federal, state and local law enforcement officers have been planning  since 2010 for what will be an Herculean task of maintaining the tightest security for convention goers and citizens of the city. The planners had a quarter-mile long, covered air-conditioned walkway built between the Tampa Bay Times Forum (where the convention will take place) and the Tampa Convention Center (which will house the 15,000-plus news media).

Although the city and major local corporations have spent millions to prepare for the convention, it is estimated that the city will collect over $173 million in revenue. I know that there are some small businesses located within a certain proximity of the RNC that unfortunately, won’t benefit from the revenue influx. This is mainly because they are forced to close their doors due to security reasons. Some might argue that its a small price to pay for the exposure and overall positive imprint that this convention will have on our city. We’ll just have to sit back and watch how it all plays out. The stage is set. The delegates and dignitaries are here…and Tampa is front and center.

What do you think are some of the pros and cons of the RNC coming to town?