04 March, 2013

Send This Post (Not Your Resume) To Anonymous Employers

Congratulations. You ran a "blind" employment ad and now you have a short stack of resumes from people who are stupid enough to send resumes to anonymous advertisers. I said, "short stack" because not many people responded. That's because most people are smart enough not to send resumes to anonymous advertisers.

But what to do? You can't really hire any of the people who were stupid enough to answer a blind ad because that would make you an employer who's stupid enough to hire people who documented their stupidity by answering a blind ad.
But don't despair. Even though you have a stack of resumes from people who are now documented to be too stupid to hire, I have two ways for you to benefit from those stupid people resumes, so don’t throw those stupid resumes away.

First, push them to one side of your desk and label them "resumes from people who are too stupid to hire." Then, run a second ad identical to the first one except for one thing: this time identify your company. The resulting stack of resumes will be much higher and the applicants much better.

But some applicants answered both ads. Interview only those applicants who didn't answer the blind ad. The ones who answered the blind ad are too stupid to hire.

So the stupid people pile is worthless, right? Wrong. Do you have any idea how much scam artists would pay for the names and phone numbers of people who are stupid enough to answer blind ads? I mean, people who are stupid enough to answer blind ads are stupid enough to give their Social Security numbers and PIN numbers and bank account numbers to strangers on the phone or in their email inbox. Those stupid people resumes are worth their weight in gold to scam artists.
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