I have just gotten another in a series of amazing applications for our summer internships.

Last week it was the cover letter on Hello Kitty paper. 

Today, I have an internship application with the first page of our application form...and the rest of it is a sorority rush application.

LOL!  and  :(

I have generally chosen to NOT contact students about their little mistakes, since I don't want to:

A. Freak them out
B. Open a legal can of worms

Do you think it would be better to give them this feedback to help them learn? Or is it best to just let it go?


rgbiv99's picture

I am enjoying the twitter updates on this topic.  : )

I never give feedback on bad resumes. I have been tempted to, but ultimately my feeling is, if you don't know how to Google "resume" at this point in your life then you're on your own.



Mark's picture
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Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. 

Generally my recommendation leans towards not, simply because I don't think most are ready to hear the feedback.  And, in some cases, folks want to respond to the feedback, resubmit, and be re-evaluated.  Usually that's not justified.

And, if someone asks, AND I believe they have the appropriate attitude, I will give them feedback.

I think there are people [in HR and Legal] who will tell you about legal issues, but they're all about risk mitigation to the point of frozen with inaction.   Don't worry about that...worry about whether the student (of all ages) is ready.

Then the teacher appears.


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We are currently hiring an executive assistant position, and, in this economy, have been inundated with applications. Nice problem to have but I am stunned by how little effort some people make.  My current favorite - inappropriate email addresses. [email protected] is not going to get an interview.  Or at least not the kind I have in mind.

Out of 300 resumes- I have only 25 that made the first cut.