An Open Letter to College Students Seeking Employment

To College Students Seeking Employment:

I understand that getting a job is hard and interviews are scary. I get that making cold calls to see if a place is hiring is intimidating. I’m in the same boat.

I also get that if you’re looking for a job on campus, you may not think of the application/interview process as seriously as you might somewhere else. But here’s the reality: There are WAY more people that want jobs on campus than there are jobs. That means that the hiring supervisors on campus get to be choosy about who they hire. Tiny little things can tip the scale in or against your favor.

Now that I’ve been on the other side of the hiring scenario, I have some advice for you. Advice that has nothing to do with your resume, skills, experience, education, passion, or personality.

  1. Ask for the job yourself. If you send/bring your parents into my office to ask me for a job, or if you have your mom call me, I automatically don’t want to hire you. See, when your parents deal with your issues for you, I assume that you are incapable of dealing with them yourself. I want to hire capable people. I need to know that if I tell you to do something, you can do it without having to call your parents. You only get one chance for a first impression: don’t let my first impression of you be that you are incapable.
  2. Be complete. If you turn in your application or initial questionnaire with blank or unanswered questions, I’m going to think you can’t follow directions. I want to hire people who can do something correctly the first time, and that generally means following directions. If a question doesn’t apply to you, write “N/A” (not applicable); that way I’ll know you read the question and are being thorough.
  3. Be prompt. If you get an interview, be on time. My time is valuable, and I have so many better things to do than sit around waiting on you.
  4. Be polite. If you get an interview, stand when I approach where you’re waiting. Offer to shake my hand, and then do so firmly (there’s nothing worse than shaking a limp fish). I’ll hire a polite person with less skill/experience over a rude person with great skills/experience every single time. Skills can be taught, experience can be gained, but a sour personĀ I shall not deal with.

I can’t guarantee you’ll get a job if you don’t do these things. But I can guarantee that you will remain unemployed if you do not do these things.

Sincerely,

An Employer Who Wants You to Succeed.

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Apple Music

Apple Music came with so much potential. The wealth of the Apple music store integrated with your personal music library? Sounds fantastic! I couldn’t wait to begin using it.

I have to admit, it is pretty cool to be able to find any music I want and listen to it instantly. I can even make playlists and save the songs for offline playback.

Here’s why I won’t pay $10 a month for it when the free trial ends.

  1. The suggestions are lousy. Apple knows so much about my music tastes – every song I’ve rated, every song I’ve listened to on repeat for days on end, every song I’ve hearted on Radio. Why is it, then, that Apple Music seems to have only just met me? It recommends songs based solely on things I have listened to/favorited in Apple Music. Moreover, it presents “Introduction to…” Playlists for artists of whom I have multiple albums in my library. I hardly need an introduction to them, do it? Shouldn’t it introduce me to artists I don’t own?
  2. I have to choose which music source to search. Shouldn’t it search my library and Apple Musoc simultaneously, and play my music if I own it? No, I have to indicate beforehand whether I would like to to search my library or Apple Music. There seems to be this Great Wall separating the services, where neither one can talk to the other one. (except for in the case of point number 3… Sort of.)
  3. Apple Music songs added to a playlist often aren’t available for playback. I use iTunes Match across two Mac computers, an Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and a Windows PC. Yet more often than not, when I try to listen to Apple Music songs I’ve saved to a playlist (because, you know, I like that song), they are grayed out and completely unavailable. Why am I paying Apple all this money to sync my music if it’s not going to sync all of my music.
  4. The price isn’t worth it for me. I have to listen to at least 7 new songs each month in order for Apple Music to be cheaper than just buying a song when I want to hear it. This would be easier to do if the suggestions actually suggested songs/playlists I want to hear (see point 1).

Come on, Apple. You can do better than this! I’ve proven I don’t mind paying for your high quality devices and services. Make Apple Music high quality and I’ll pay for it, too.