Meet the Thriller

Meet the Thriller

by Kerry Scott on 26 June 2009

2329507744_be7127f70cPhoto by Tipoyock

I had forgotten about this one until yesterday’s news about Michael Jackson.

So this candidate is applying for a sales manager position.  Instead of sending a resume, he sends a one-line email that says, “Here’s a link to my resume.”  (Clue:  That’s really annoying.  Don’t do that.)

The link went to his AOL Hometown homepage.  As soon as you hit the page, “Thriller” started playing, and there was a little animated dude moonwalking at the top.  Then, next to an animated white sparkly waving glove, there was a blurb about how he’d “thrill” us with his fantastic sales ability.  It was right above the blurb that talked about his “thrilling” skills in web design (in fairness, this was in 2001 or so…but still).

Oh, and on another page, there was a picture of him in that red leather jacket Michael Jackson wore back in the Thriller days.  It didn’t look as good on a balding white dude.

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Syd December 22, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I’ve on occasion emailed links to my resume, and here’s why. I’m in the design industry, and the aesthetic of my resume is really, really important. When I was hired for the job I have now – which actually isn’t even related to design – they actually said to me, “We said, ‘Well, we have to interview her, her resume looks really good!’” And they meant aesthetically, not content (although clearly they liked that part too!). I also won a really great internship – again initiated because the aesthetic of my resume fit in so well with their style. In fact, in EVERY interview I’ve had since finalizing it, they comment on it. Anyway, when I respond to ads on Craigslist, they have a size cap for attachments on the CL-generated email addresses, and the .pdf of my resume exceeds that (and trust me, I tried to make it smaller in kb size but the quality was sacrificed too much). So I use my judgment about what’s most important for the job, and consider if the risk of bugging them is worth it, which, for some jobs, they understand that on occasion, it’s okay to sacrifice a little, temporary bit of function for form.

But in any case, my link goes directly to the resume, and that guy sounds cluefree!

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