A couple of things...
I think the point some seem to be missing is that it is just not a healthy idea to generalize people.
I recently “ranted” about something – and it included of course that Instant Message (IM) speak pet peeve of mine. Some of the comments did start to get into generalizations about groups of people. I heartily agree with LC’s comment there. The “IM Speak” issue isn’t limited to a group of people, a country, a time or a place. It is becoming ubiquitous (and I despise it anywhere except on my mobile phone or IM conversations).
Here is something from my inbox just this morning:
I would like to place my candidature for a suitable position in ur
[ORACLE PL/SQL D2k,INFORMIX 4GL,MS.NET,CRYSTAL REP]
I hereby submit my profile for you kind perusal. kindly acknowledge
the receipt of same …. Hope to hear from you ASAP..
Ouch, ouch, ouch. They heard from me, but likely they will not at all like what I had to say. I described what a cover letter should be. Why you never should consider using “ur”. Why the shift key is a necessary evil when typing professional business communication. Why a resume should not be 8 pages long (and have so many jobs listed that you think this person must be at least 500 years old, not the approximately 30 years old that they are).
I just don’t get it. I really don’t.
Best of all – here is the kicker: While writing this entry up, my email reply to them bounced back. They supplied a bad email address. Perfect. A complete waste of time.
Why do people even do these blanket emails with their resume. There was no “to” list and the SIR/MADAM sort of gives it away that this was a “lets send this out and see what happens”. Has anyone ever gotten a job this way?
But a quick request from me – please let’s not generalize about people or groups of people. I read the comments on the last post and didn’t like where it was going. It never got seriously bad, but I didn’t like the overtones.