Friday, January 20, 2012

Free HR Advice: Mind Your Ringtone

"So what we get drunk,  so what we smoke weed.....we don't care who sees..."
Prompted by spending my Friday at an all day HR conference, learning and earning my PHR recertification credits, I feel compelled to use my break between sessions providing some common sense advice.   As everyone who has drawn breath knows:  common sense is more uncommon than it should be.   Working in HR, we've got what people want both for applicants and current employees.  Jobs.  Benefits.  Training.  Promotions.  Information.  The discount code to buy zoo tickets.  The scale for the weight loss challenge.  Your W2.
When you're looking for a job, first impressions are key.   I review your application and if I think you might be a good fit,  I pick up the phone.
Think about it.  Your friends might love the song by Wiz Khalifa (the lyrics at the start of this post).  You might "like big butts,"  "wasting away in Margaritaville" and "pimpin all over the world."
But I can guarantee that if the ringback tone on your phone plays a song that's about getting drunk, riding dirty or dropping it low, I won't be leaving a message about your application.  And I won't call back.

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