Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Career Advice from Dear Abby

The following letter and reply appeared in the Dear Abby column of June 2, 2010. It is posted here for the consideration of our graduates and future graduates. What the writer describes is all-too common. We have been known to discard applications for faculty positions at the college on a similar basis.

DEAR ABBY: The company where I work posted an ad online and at our state unemployment job board for a position that needed to be filled. The ad detailed simple but specific instructions that included asking applicants to write a cover letter to address certain questions. It also said -- in large letters: "YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS OR YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT."

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