Alright. On my way to more job stuff. As I was ranting about issues of employment last night, (while ruining whatever semblance of holiday spirit my family could have held on to) I thought it would be prudent to write a quick sortie of an entry regarding issues of employment. I'll make it succinct, efficient, concise, and quick and to the point (which is what concise might mean, so I wrote the same thing twice just really annoyingly).
To whom ever came up with the idea of a cover letter, I send you a mighty and emotional punch to the face. How dare you. They are really annoying to write. I don't think people read them that much for how much effort you actually exert into writing them. They're just terrible.
My commentary might say that especially, in our troubled economic times, employers and H.R. people (H.R. stands for human rage as that is what one must feel like as they involve themselves in such a department), please be kind. Be thoughtful about the requirements you set up for individuals hoping to be employed by you. When you ask a question that makes one feel like they have to radically change a cover letter, that requires a lot of work sometimes and hinders ones life progress. People need jobs in our society generally, to live.
Please take this consideration especially when you have an automatic reply upon sent in application stating "Due to the high volume of applicants, we might not be able to get back to you...". Obviously you want to have some process that gives you relevant information of all the people you'd want to have at an interview, but don't be tricky. When there is a 1 in 50 chance at most that I might get hired for your position, maybe fairly assume that for an individual to potentially get employed I need to apply to 50 jobs. If it takes 3 hours to get all my crap together to apply to you versus 1 hour, well, you can do that, but it's not nice. Don't be a jerk.
Also, if you have your own specific application, I'm sure that's neat for you. However, when it asks you to fill out mostly the same information that's already on your resume that one struggled ever so mightily to ensure the proper level of formatting, do realize that it makes one potentially want to place a hex on your institution. Again, in society, one likes to be able to pay their rent and meet their basic needs. Please think best about how you can get your needed information while not creating barriers to employment when there are already so many right now.
I don't know how it should be done. I am no expert in this crap and why would anyone want to be? Alright this is becoming somewhat too scathing. Apologies.
Then there is the interview. Clearly, as semi-Bostonian coming of age in the 90's, this clip below exemplified the most important techniques in nailing the interview:
Even more so then the crap I am ranting about, we have a whole issues with the CORI process which I will slightly begin to dive into when I'm back from doing my H.R. stuff. This refers to the Criminal Offense Record Investigation that employers do.