The other day I had a really funny experience which I posted on Facebook. It got so much response I thought I would post it here for my readers to enjoy.
I received a resume through my website. I opened the email, read the cover letter and then opened the attached resume. I instantly got confused. The name on the resume, while similar to the one on the email, was not the same. I emailed the candidate telling him that I was confused.
To be clear (and I am making up the name to protect the guilty), the email name was Joseph Smith. The name on his resume was: Steven Joseph. I asked for an explanation.
Before you read the punch line, I have to tell you that in all my years of recruiting, this is a first. Here is his verbatim email to me:
"Name is [Joseph Steven Smith] - when i [sic] initially put this resume together I was freaked out about having my name out there as looking for a job, since this industry is quite small and incestuous!"
Think about this for a while.
I have heard of people changing their resumes: They change their college degrees (I had a candidate once change his college - and he got caught), I have seen people change employment dates, I have even seen people change the accounts that they worked on. But I have never seen someone change their name.
Would love your comments.
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