Thursday, December 6, 2012


So, sometimes, in my work as an editor, however much I may enjoy my job, I may find that it is time for me to apply for a new job, in the same office I've been working in, in hopes of gaining some new kinds of experience and growth, and maybe also some more money. It might be a seemingly perfect job, for which I am seemingly perfectly qualified. I might work very hard on crafting a perfect résumé and cover letter in hopes of having a shot. I might ask several folks to read it over for me.

And sometimes, three months after I've applied for that job, I still haven't heard anything — not so much as a whiff of the possibility of a phone interview — and might find that somewhat frustrating.

And sometimes, I may go back and look at the résumé I submitted, after more than three months have passed, and I may notice, in this résumé applying for an editorial job, a typo. I might, at that point, observe that I have ended a line with a comma that needed to be ended with a period.

And then, at that point, I might think of how I would respond to observing said typo in an editor's résumé if I had the hiring power in that case.

And then I might close the door to my office, lest my colleagues observe the sheer amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth that might result.


What are the odds I can convince my boss that it's a UCC thing?


nyczoo said...

No boss worth working for would rule out someone who is a terrific fit for a job on the basis of one errant comma, even if it is an editorial job. So if they pass you over on that alone, they don't deserve an awesome person such as you. Just my two commas.

Rebel McLeod said...

Genny said...

I 100% agree with nyczoo!!!

bzzzzgrrrl said...

Nyczoo and Genny, you are sweet, but in an economy in which every job is getting dozens of applicants, and you have to narrow down on SOME basis, and there may be MANY qualified applicants, I think culling someone from the pool because she has failed at an editing task is totally reasonable. And regardless of whether they "deserve" me, they have me; I already work here. I'm just not getting paid as much.

Rebel, LOVE that. I think some would argue that it's the editor's responsibility to secure her proofer in a case like this. And by "some," I mean "I." :)