Be a Badass Person and Don’t Talk Shit About Your Employer

Raghuram Sukumar Career 3 Comments

I know you are wondering what kind of Title is this – Be a Badass Person and Don’t Talk Shit About Your Employer.

Well, let me be very clear.

That’s not my own words, but it was written by a Hiring Manager to 900+ Job Applicants who were not rejected.

Apparently hiring manager had time to write 3000+ words rejection letter to 900+ job applicants.

In that rejection letter was couple of advice that was framed as the title.

Gawker published the full email, which it received from a rejected applicant.

Here are some excerpts from the email:

Do be a badass.
I actually hired one of the 900+ applicants within minutes of reading his application. He writes for a popular site that I’m a huge fan of and is a terrifically talented writer. After I first read his email, I looked up his writing and found a lot of articles that I have enjoyed over the years. I replied back asking if he’d like to work for us. Later that day, his friend and colleague applied and was similarly insta-hired. These two guys are dream hires for us (don’t tell them that though, don’t want them to get cocky around the virtual office) and it was easy to pull the trigger and bring them on board quickly.

A lot of those applicants who passed into the second round have experience writing for outlets like the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, CNN, MNN, and Mashable. When I saw a portfolio link from sites like that, I quickly added the writer to the second round list and moved on to the next new application. A prominent portfolio link won’t get you hired by us, but it will earn you a closer consideration.

Don’t start every sentence in your application with ‘I’.
A few of you were guilty of this one. Switch up your words.

Don’t email me a novella.
One of you sent me an 11-page resume with a 2,500+ word email. For a moment I thought Dwight Schrute was applying for a job. Short is best. A resume should be no more than two pages, the application email itself no more than a few paragraphs.

Reaction to above Email was outrage and people bashing at Shea Gunther.

Apparently, he wrote a response

The email that I sent to those applicants included a list of 42 job application dos-and-don’ts that I wrote after seeing so many different people make the same mistakes. It was frustrating to see people unknowingly sabotage their chances of finding work by making easily avoidable errors. So I wrote my email and sent it to all of the applicants. My list contains mostly common sense things like “check your spelling” and “don’t talk badly about your current or past employer.”

My Take

Here is my take – I kinda agree to the 41 point checklist.  Few folks might not agree on the tone and language, but I can certainly relate to the experience based on emails and questions that are submitted in this blog.

What do you think?

What do you think about 42 point email and outrage among others reading that 42 points checklist?


  1. I used to review resumes and shortlist them to be called for interviews at a firm I was previously employed with. My employer used to share at length about how you can judge a person by his resume and strangely 9/10 times we were bang on target with it.

    I have read this article and many have stated her tone to be scathing, an allegation I feel is preposterous (I mean, in such cases focus on what is being conveyed not how it is). People should be thankful to her for taking the time out on pointing out things that eventually lead to your resume getting rejected. Consider her words to be golden when applying for a job, any job.

    US grad student applicants can also learn a lot from these points on preparing SOP. For instance, many departments spec out what needs to be specifically mentioned in the SOP. And I have heard that many applications are rejected based on this. I have met so many people who think that the universities are joking when they ask you for some specific info or word limitations (they feel it is going to be ignored given their excellent GRE scores). As a matter of fact on the FAQ of a University, It was stated that one should make sure you include all the details asked for in the SOP or it might be one of the reasons for it not be considered. In the article you can observe that the same has been discussed where it is specified that people completely neglect what is being asked for you to do in the ad regarding applying for a position.


  2. Pretty detailed! I think that was a good letter! One should appreciate that he took his time to write that long email describing how the potential employer looks at your job application. Definitely a very good thing to learn for a job seeker. Though the letter might sound “arrogant” to some readers, but I can feel how a person thinks when he is in that position. Sorting out 100s of application is a big task itself. He is very clear there: be short, be specific. Getting a job you wish is tough thing to do. If you are offended with this kind of emails, I am pretty sure that you will have a very hard time to remain in one office in the future. Dude, this world is tough!

    He is giving a very good and “free” advise. Take it! 🙂

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