That time I got a typewritten resume…

by Rich DeMatteo on August 17, 2010 · 40 comments

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How many people reading this post know how to use a typewriter?  Your guess is as good as mine, but if a certain candidate from last week is reading this post then our answer is at least 1.

So, here I am minding my own business, just hunting on Linkedin, when all of a sudden it happens.  The receptionist walks over towards me with a huge smile on her face, and an envelope in hand.

She explains that she had a walk-in candidate drop off a resume for the IT SUPPORT TECH position (yes, I used all caps for a reason).  She’s smiling as I open the resume and I can just tell something’s about to happen.  I pull the resume out, unfold it, and then horror hits me.  It was a typewritten resume.  Disgusting.

Who uses a typewriter anymore?  More importantly, who would think of using a typewriter for a resume?  While I understand that people want their resume to stand out, it’s not OK to use a typewriter for any reason.  Period.  Double period.

Maybe the most ridiculous part of this story is that this was for an IT Support Tech job.  A job that requires you to be extremely tech savvy, a person that is completely up to date on the latest technology.  This is the equivalent to applying to a nutritionist position with a cheeseburger in your hand.  Maybe that’s a bad analogy.  You get the point.

Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that he was a walk-in candidate, and completely avoided the use of ALL technology in this process.

And if you’re wondering, no the candidate wasn’t qualified.  If he/she was, then they would have got a call, but I would have used morse code to call them.

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