Welcome to the Common Sense Department

Welcome to the Common Sense Department

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Idiots Need Not Apply...

Today's job market is all kinds of screwed up.  I was just reading an article the other day on the pros and cons of including a photograph of yourself with your resume when applying for jobs.  Has it really come down to that?  I mean, come on.  I can understand that kind of approach if someone is working in the modeling or stripper field, but for a job in any other field, it seems a bit conceited.  Most employers only want to see what you look like when you come in for the interview because they want to be sure that you know how to present yourself in a professional atmosphere.  They are more concerned with whether or not you have the experience, training and skills required to fill the position, not with whether or not you are going to be a physically attractive addition to their team. If getting jobs was based solely on looks, then we would be in a hell of a lot of trouble.  Oh, and to make matters worse, most of the people set to do the screening of applicants are young women between the ages of 24 and 35, so unless you are a male supermodel, don't bother.  Women are so obsessed with whether they are the prettiest person around that if you happen to be an attractive chick who included a picture with your resume, you won't even make it to the interview because the girl doing the screening is going to see you as competition and exclude you immediately.  Ah, the wonders of our society's double standards.  Its hard enough to be able to find a good paying job nowadays.  Why make it even harder by allowing people to include photographs with their resumes or by allowing them to be screened based upon the presence of a photograph, or the attractiveness of the person in the photograph, instead of it being based on a person's credentials?  In my opinion, the idiots who started this entire mess by including photos with their resumes have just screwed the rest of us by making things that much harder.  Everyone is always griping about how a book shouldn't be judged by its cover and how looks shouldn't be what is important, but this just completely blew away anyone's right to complain about that anymore.  Now whether or not you get the job is being based upon exactly that, instead of it being about what you have worked to achieve.  What kind of backwards redneck even decided that this would be beneficial to acquiring employment?  Resumes are supposed to be a highlight of your experience, training and skills acquired throughout your working career, not an application for who is the prettiest idiot in town.  When are people going to grow up and figure out that they need to put in the work to get what they want out of life, that life isn't just going to hand them the keys to the new Jaguar because they are pretty or their parents are rich?  This is nothing more than a brilliant example that most people in today's society haven't matured past high school and they are still expecting to float by based on their looks.  Being a successful adult isn't about how attractive you are.  Its about how hard you are willing to work and what kind of training you have.

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