Do you want a job or not?

Do you think it would look odd if a girl put fake eyelashes only on one eye? How about if a guy wore only one cuff link? Sending your job application without a CV or brief introduction of yourself in the email content falls into the same category.

Sometimes I wonder why people apply for a job without giving it their best shot. Some job seekers even seem to be unprepared or completely uninterested in their own success. Why bother applying in the first place?

You know when you are in a game, you don’t play to lose. There’s nothing fun about applying a job knowing the effort you put in won’t secure you an interview. If you genuinely want something, don’t you think that you should do everything you can to show the other person you want to be considered as a viable candidate?

You would be surprised how many candidates have replied to my previous job advertisements with responses such as “Dear Sir/Madam, here’s my resume.” Or “Please review my resume.” Sometimes all I have received is a blank email with an attachment as if the resume spoke for itself.

Imagine you are browsing the Internet and see a job advertisement saying “hiring” without any further information in it. Would you apply? Don’t you think it looks fishy and untrustworthy? It works both ways. If I made an effort to summarize my client’s requirements and expectations and upload the job description to the job site, all while paying a premium to get your attention, I would expect to only interview those who show me the respect of taking the application process seriously.

I don’t know any applicants in my inbox personally, so the impression relies on how the candidate presents themselves. Why should I bother to spend time reviewing someone’s resume or consider them as a potential candidate if they show zero interest or give the impression that they couldn’t care less whether they would be shortlisted for the job?

Please at least describe your background and accomplishments that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Show a little bit more effort and let me know you are not a spammer sending out a generic resume to every open position advertised.

It’s about give and take and you will get out as much as you put in. 

Trilingual Career Coach & Recruiter with experience across Europe and Asia Pacific. She is also a speaker for workshops on resume writing, job searching tips, and interview techniques. She travels frequently but you can stay in touch with Eleanor via

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