Oops! Job hunter sends celebrity pic, not resume

Oops! Job hunter sends celebrity pic, not resume

Oops! Job hunter sends celebrity pic, not resume

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.













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