The importance of carefully naming documents was reinforced this week as a report emerged of a Toronto woman who sent a strange photo in place of her resume.
When York psychology student Vanessa Hojda saw a receptionist job advertised online, she quickly amended her resume, wrote a cover letter and sent them both. Seconds later when she looked at the email she discovered instead of her resume she had attached a picture of actor Nicolas Cage.
Both files had numbered names, rather than descriptive ones and were saved to her desktop, she explained.
“The first thing I thought was let’s post it on my blog, let’s laugh about it,” she said.
From there it snowballed with stories in the Washington Post, New York Times and Toronto Star – and job offers including a paid gig managing social media for a radio station.
No job offer from the original email’s recipient – just a note saying they had filled the position and she never received Hojda’s resume, just a strange photograph.
Like the best employees, Hojda will only make this mistake once – she’s renamed her resume ThisIsYourResumeThisIsNotAPictureOfNicolasCage.doc.
Have you ever received an unusual resume, or an accidentally attached file from a candidate? Share your story in the comments.
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