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When Your Mom Applies For Your Job

Published July 17, 2017

We are often receiving job applications through our web site on our jobs section.   In fact, we are currently actively seeking to hire a customer support representative for ShulCloud, one of our popular products.  

Recently, we received a job application submitted by the applicant's mother.  Yes, the mother submitted the resume and details of her child's job application.   This was not for a summer internship, not that I think parents should submit those either.  The applicant was an adult and was supposedly a skilled developer.

I actually replied to the request for a job with two points:

(A) I would have rather seen the job application submitted by the applicant him or herself.

(B) The specifics in the resume were not a good fit for our current job openings.

I can understand why the mother submitted the application on behalf of the child.  If I was the parent, I would have at least pretended that it was being submitted directly from their child.

I review a lot of speaker submission requests, specifically for the Search Marketing Expo events.  One of the most important criteria we have on the speaker pitch form is that the speaker him or herself need to submit the pitch themselves.  It reads:

IMPORTANT: Submissions must come directly from the person making the pitch, in their name, with their email address.

If you’re a PR person or firm, you can work with the potential speaker to help craft the submission. You can even fill out the form on their behalf, as long as they have reviewed the submission.

We have this policy because we’ve found that the best pitches come when speakers themselves make a submission. We’ve also found that the majority of bad pitches have come from PR people who blindly pitch ideas without reviewing our guidelines. In some cases, they’ve not even consulted with a potential speaker at all on the pitch.

That being said, this may be the first time we knowingly received a job application from the parent of the applicant.  

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Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is also the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and the News Editor of Search Engine Land. He is well known & respected for his expertise in the search marketing industry. Barry graduated from the City University of New York and lives with his family in the NYC region.

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