Last week we reported on a CareerBuiler survey of human resource professional on some of the common and uncommon mistakes job applicants have committed. Here's a doozy as noted by the The Onion's AV/Club (but it's true, proving that satire will have to get up pretty early to outpace real life absurdity).
Vanessa Hodja, a 20-year-old Canadian, applied for an administrative assistant position. "I was wondering if the position was still available and if you could give me more information about it," she wrote. So far, so good. Except that she then proceeded to send a picture of the prolific actor, infamous for his over-the-top performances, instead of a resume and cover letter.
Even if Hodja is simply looking for her 15 minutes of viral fame, as AV/Club floats the possibility, the incident reinforces a basic concept of job hunting: "A photo of Nicolas Cage is, sadly, still not a substitute for a properly formatted résumé."
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.