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Congratulations

Graduate!
Eleven Reasons Why I Will Never Hire You.

by Mark O’Toole - PR & content at HB Agency
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The
real
world
awaits.
Bushy-tailed
and excited,

you young
graduates
storm the
job boards.
Never mind the color of your
parachute, some of you have

no parachutes at all.
And that can lead

to a hard landing.
Employers
know that
not all grads
are created

equal.
Sometimes
we hire
people like
you into
entry-level
positions.
More often though, we don’t.
Because…
You are just

not the right fit.
A more impressive candidate
captured our attention.
Or you are
simply a
victim of
some other
random
event out
of your

“I didn’t post
that picture.”
But too many of you
who had the skills
and capabilities to
make the cut or get
a second interview
blew it.
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br rv dis
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gh wi st
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why?
Is it you?
Your
family
support
system?
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re ou
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se sc
rv ho
ice o
s s l’s
ta
ff
?
Whatever the reason,
there are consistent
themes as to why you
didn’t get the job.
This won’t be the first time you’ve heard
these and it won’t be the last, but as your
class flourishes shiny new resumes i...
1.
Your resume

is
longer than that of a
25-year professional.
I appreciate your desire to

showcase your
classwork,
high school
accomplishments,
extracurricular
endeavors and your
thre...
But I need

to see

clarity and definition in what you present.
Make it relevant, make it concise, make it focused.
“An
overly
long
resume
does not
impress
me.”
(A ridiculously short resume is equally
dangerous. Did you do anything besides attend class?)
You
didn’t
prepare

for our interview.
You’re probably a better
internet surfer than I am, so
why didn’t you spend a few
minutes gathering intelligence
about me ...
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(I’m not always
concerned with
your actual
answer but
rather your
composure
and thinking
process when
answering it).
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Look up questions to ask online.

“questions grads should ask in an interview”

Find 30 questions
no one has ever asked me...
Show me
how you
gather
information.
?

Do you want me to think
I’m going to have to
do the work for you,
or that you’ll show up
prepared every day?
You wrote a
thank you note,
and only used it to thank me.
I also enjoyed our
time together,
so instead
of just
thanking me,

add value.
Use
your
note (email or
note/card are all fine
– nothing is not)
to show your
passion for
this job.
Reflect upon
what you
learned
in the interview.
Confirm
why
you’re the
candidate
of my
dreams.
You
dressed
for
failure.
My workplace
is casual,
at least most of the time.

Many offices are
these days.
But you should not be for an interview.
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I want to know what you’ll look like when I take you to see a client.
Show me that you understand this.
what
you want
But when you tell me that,

you’re basically saying,
“please invest loads of
time and money into me,
and maybe it will hel...
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Your follow-up

note should
hammer the
point home.
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not
all-t lo
rade okin
post s g
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wou I w jac
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so.)

a ja
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, the
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...
Because I’m not
really into candidates
who won’t throw
themselves 100%
into the opportunity
at hand.
7.

You don’t get
social media
(but think you do).
I don’t expect
you to be an
expert in
anything
just getting
out of
school, but
your resume
claims social
media expertise.
Dumb Tweeter
@dumbtweeter

Your eight tweets in the last six months
are not signs of immersion. (And your
regular use of #...
Your blank
Pinterest
page is
less than
compelling.
Spelling Tumblr
with an “e”
says something –
but not the
right thing.
Dabble in social while at school for sure.
Tell me
you have
exposure
to social
networks.
Just don’t try to
impress me with

“expertise”
that does not
exist yet.
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id n’
fr ’n t
ea t
d.

Yo
pr u
d grammar
If you can’t eliminate
bad grammar or
misspellings from your
resume or cover letter,
how can I expect you
to wri...
You DON’t
HAVE A LINKEDIN PROFILE
LinkedIN IS THE Place to

showcase
your professional
skills, even if they
are nascent
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While this is more for those
still in school than those
just out, nothing makes you
more attractive to me than
knowing you...
Internships also help you decide if my job represents
the right structure for you – saving us both time and agony
if it tu...
I get 50-100 resumes each
semester from new graduates.
Those with internships sit well
ahead of those without.
ional cou

rtesy!

You lacked
profess
You were two minutes late.
You looked away when you shook my hand
I introduced
you to my
colleague
and you didn’t
even ask her
what she does.
Why would I want
to expose you
to my clients?

WHY?
You and your
family have invested
vast amounts of

time and
money into
getting
your diploma.
It’s a small bit of extra effort to make sure you don’t ruin your chances in the interview.
I will hire someone – I just won’t hire you.
Job hunting is like a job unto itself.
You will get it right, but you need to work at it.
1.	Make a right-sized resume – i...
Mark O’Toole is managing director of PR  content at HB agency, a B2B marketing and communications firm
with global clients...
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  1. 1. Congratulations Graduate! Eleven Reasons Why I Will Never Hire You. by Mark O’Toole - PR & content at HB Agency
  2. 2. o C m m e c n m e e t n o e v . r
  3. 3. The real world awaits.
  4. 4. Bushy-tailed and excited, you young graduates storm the job boards.
  5. 5. Never mind the color of your parachute, some of you have no parachutes at all.
  6. 6. And that can lead to a hard landing.
  7. 7. Employers know that not all grads are created equal.
  8. 8. Sometimes we hire people like you into entry-level positions.
  9. 9. More often though, we don’t.
  10. 10. Because…
  11. 11. You are just not the right fit.
  12. 12. A more impressive candidate captured our attention.
  13. 13. Or you are simply a victim of some other random event out of your “I didn’t post that picture.”
  14. 14. But too many of you who had the skills and capabilities to make the cut or get a second interview blew it.
  15. 15. in You te r br rv dis ou ie a gh wi st t y ng ro ou sk us do il wn ls .
  16. 16. why?
  17. 17. Is it you?
  18. 18. Your family support system?
  19. 19. ca Y re ou er r se sc rv ho ice o s s l’s ta ff ?
  20. 20. Whatever the reason, there are consistent themes as to why you didn’t get the job.
  21. 21. This won’t be the first time you’ve heard these and it won’t be the last, but as your class flourishes shiny new resumes in front of prospective employers, here are the top reasons why I will never hire you.
  22. 22. 1. Your resume is longer than that of a 25-year professional.
  23. 23. I appreciate your desire to showcase your classwork, high school accomplishments, extracurricular endeavors and your three marketing projects.
  24. 24. But I need to see clarity and definition in what you present.
  25. 25. Make it relevant, make it concise, make it focused.
  26. 26. “An overly long resume does not impress me.”
  27. 27. (A ridiculously short resume is equally dangerous. Did you do anything besides attend class?)
  28. 28. You didn’t prepare for our interview.
  29. 29. You’re probably a better internet surfer than I am, so why didn’t you spend a few minutes gathering intelligence about me or my business?
  30. 30. X X X site. eb k ou d Y ’t loo idn my w at ut on eo ck m che ed to witter. l u fai or T Yo edIn ves: nk Li t pee old y pe to h rn m learn tful ’t lea tact; didn con ough s. You eye ve th stion e n; gi que mak versatio cult con s to diffi a wer ans
  31. 31. (I’m not always concerned with your actual answer but rather your composure and thinking process when answering it).
  32. 32. . 3 q u n o i t s e s
  33. 33. Look up questions to ask online. “questions grads should ask in an interview” Find 30 questions no one has ever asked me.
  34. 34. Show me how you gather information.
  35. 35. ? Do you want me to think I’m going to have to do the work for you, or that you’ll show up prepared every day?
  36. 36. You wrote a thank you note, and only used it to thank me.
  37. 37. I also enjoyed our time together, so instead of just thanking me, add value.
  38. 38. Use your note (email or note/card are all fine – nothing is not) to show your passion for this job.
  39. 39. Reflect upon what you learned in the interview.
  40. 40. Confirm why you’re the candidate of my dreams.
  41. 41. You dressed for failure.
  42. 42. My workplace is casual, at least most of the time. Many offices are these days.
  43. 43. But you should not be for an interview.
  44. 44. it . re d ss co es e) ok and w out o other on r a clothi ’t c night cl ng ub ut nd s u en , ts eek n ir w o -sh a s, t to ce hino ear ni c a eans, ay w J m en y ou (ev
  45. 45. I want to know what you’ll look like when I take you to see a client.
  46. 46. Show me that you understand this.
  47. 47. what you want
  48. 48. But when you tell me that, you’re basically saying, “please invest loads of time and money into me, and maybe it will help me figure out that I want to do something else.”
  49. 49. e c n i v n o C yo t ve ’ u ha t h re e e m w n a ed t o y r u to w rk o h w le o li . fe
  50. 50. Yo ur um d ul ho . es e it rc nfo res rei
  51. 51. Your follow-up note should hammer the point home.
  52. 52. I’m not all-t lo rade okin post s g ing . (If for a wou I w jac ld h ere, k-o ave the fs a i d j ob so.) a ja ck , the j d
  53. 53. Because I’m not really into candidates who won’t throw themselves 100% into the opportunity at hand.
  54. 54. 7. You don’t get social media (but think you do).
  55. 55. I don’t expect you to be an expert in anything just getting out of school, but your resume claims social media expertise.
  56. 56. Dumb Tweeter @dumbtweeter Your eight tweets in the last six months are not signs of immersion. (And your regular use of #fuckinA isn’t effective.)
  57. 57. Your blank Pinterest page is less than compelling.
  58. 58. Spelling Tumblr with an “e” says something – but not the right thing.
  59. 59. Dabble in social while at school for sure.
  60. 60. Tell me you have exposure to social networks.
  61. 61. Just don’t try to impress me with “expertise” that does not exist yet.
  62. 62. oo d Did id n’ fr ’n t ea t d. Yo pr u
  63. 63. d grammar If you can’t eliminate bad grammar or misspellings from your resume or cover letter, how can I expect you to write an error-free report for a client? spellings from y me or cover let can I expect yo
  64. 64. You DON’t HAVE A LINKEDIN PROFILE
  65. 65. LinkedIN IS THE Place to showcase your professional skills, even if they are nascent
  66. 66. t righ s online up . t ip Set i are lots of t it some love (there ) and give p to hel
  67. 67. ip sh rn te in hree). an (or two or t Do
  68. 68. While this is more for those still in school than those just out, nothing makes you more attractive to me than knowing you’ve been exposed to a similar work environment.
  69. 69. Internships also help you decide if my job represents the right structure for you – saving us both time and agony if it turns out you just don’t like what we do.
  70. 70. I get 50-100 resumes each semester from new graduates. Those with internships sit well ahead of those without.
  71. 71. ional cou rtesy! You lacked profess
  72. 72. You were two minutes late.
  73. 73. You looked away when you shook my hand
  74. 74. I introduced you to my colleague and you didn’t even ask her what she does.
  75. 75. Why would I want to expose you to my clients? WHY?
  76. 76. You and your family have invested vast amounts of time and money into getting your diploma.
  77. 77. It’s a small bit of extra effort to make sure you don’t ruin your chances in the interview.
  78. 78. I will hire someone – I just won’t hire you.
  79. 79. Job hunting is like a job unto itself. You will get it right, but you need to work at it. 1. Make a right-sized resume – it’s a door-opener only, not your one and only chance to get an interview. 2. Interview prep makes you look like a rock star during our conversation. 3. Ask really good questions in the interview. It matters. 4. Use your promptly sent thank you note to reveal even more awesome stuff about why you make sense for this job. 5. Dress up – it will make you feel better during our meeting. 6. Stay focused. 7. Social media is mainstream but don’t overplay it until you know where it fits, or doesn’t fit, in the job. 8. No typos! 9. LinkedIn matters – you become searchable, findable and professional. 10. Internships set you apart (and give you great stuff for bullet #1.) 11. Practice hand-shaking at home!
  80. 80. Mark O’Toole is managing director of PR content at HB agency, a B2B marketing and communications firm with global clients in clean tech, medical tech and high tech. Despite the very true observations in the article above, Mark has hired countless talented PR pros over the last 15 years. Reach Mark at motoole@hbagency or on Twitter @markrotoole. Design and layout courtesy of HB’s Matt Gustavsen Christine Tesseo. To learn more about HB’s branding, marketing and public relations expertise, please visit www.hbagency.com.
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