- Sunday, May 22, 2011

An Open Letter from Me to the World of Intern Applicants

Warning: This is one snarky blog post.

Cloud Nove Events has been fortunate. We’ve received many applications for our summer internship program. Now that this round of interviews is done, I’d like to share a few tips with potential interns of the world. You know, to be helpful. By the way, this is dripping with sarcasm and humor, and is most certainly NOT for the easily offended.

9 things to do to GUARANTEE I will NOT hire you

1. Don’t follow application directions. Sure, the instructions are clearly spelled out on our website. Ignore them. Send whatever you’d like, in whatever format. Even though we specifically say “do not call,” pick up the phone and dial away.

2. Be as generic as possible. Send us a cover letter that clearly places “Cloud Nove Events” in the blanks of a form letter. Use general phrases like “My amazing experience will help (your company) keep brides stress free and happy.”

3. Typos are awesome. Spell check is your enemy. It might be best if you just type in free flow, ignoring all rules of punctuation and grammar. Better yet, use ALL CAPS add lots of “LOLs.”

4. Your social media profile looks like a frat house bash, or bachelorette party. If I can Google your name and find pictures of you with a beer bong, I’m sure my brides can do the same. Oh, and don’t forget to send me your application from your onehotmamma@gmail.com account.

5. Don’t read anything having to do with weddings. When I ask if you’ve ever read “Style Me Pretty," browsed “The Knot,” or watched “Say Yes to the Dress,” look at me with a blank stare. Then promise me you’ll ‘check them out’ as soon as the interview is done.

6. Follow through? What is this follow through that you speak of? When you suggest a place for us to meet, don’t call and check that the place is OPEN. Also, don’t check to see if there’s a 500-person convention descending upon said location the very same night. And after the interview, never send a thank you note. That’s just silly.

7. Put absolutely no thought behind your appearance. Style, accessories, cleanliness, neatness - who needs ‘em? Why should you look polished and put together anyway?

8. Know absolutely nothing about my company. The only thing that could make that better is if you mispronounce the NAME of my company. Pronunciation details also happen to be featured on our website, but –sorry- I forgot you didn’t look at that.

9. When asked, “Why do you want to become a wedding planner?” answer me with, “Planning weddings is so much fun!” Then cinch the deal by glaring over my shoulder and zoning completely out when I tell you that it’s not all décor and glam, there are things called timelines, loooong hours, family drama, vendor negotiations… Hello? Hello?

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  1. Love this post, I totally agree. What we do is so personal, I believe if an applicant wants to be a part of such an intimate business they should at the very least know a little about what we do, who we are and how we make our events unique! Thanks for sharing

  2. Good advice for all job applicants