um, before y’all go really nutso, please review istar’s location, then compare it to the studies the person claims (“General English”, misspelling it), and I think you will agree that my assesment is correct. this person is learning English vs. native speaking.
However, I will also grant that for an application purpose, they really should have checked spelling etc.
However, let me point out that my examples were both done by people for whom English was as close to a native language as they got.
They say they can use words. In the context, I’m assuming they’re referring to Microsoft Word, which unless you take steps to turn it off, has an over-active spellcheck that would certainly have filled the page with red squiggles.
So, are you saying that one should not put MS Office under the Computer Skills heading? Every job listing I see has proficiency in at least one, but usually two or three, of these programs listed as job requirements.
Obviously English is not this person’s first language (the name was an Arabic one).
However: given this person is IT educated, they should know how to spell Internet (it’s the same word in Arabic).
Given this person knows MS Office they should be able to run a spell-check and grammar check.
And given this person claims to be so IT savvy, they should at least have bothered to visit our website and figure out it’s not a bank.
To be honest, I am starting to wonder if my email is on some bulk job-seeking spam list, the amount of wackos I get. I’m not even the appropriate person to contact in the company.
badmana - this particular company is a business news website. It’s very well known in the region, particularly in Dubai, and there is no way any sane or educated person could mistake it for a bank. Besides which, the website has an Arabic version, so if the person’s English was so bad they couldn’t work out what it was about, they could just click the Arabic link.
I once had a coworker in a secretarial position who claimed some computer knowledge. One day I caught her trying to delete various operating system files because she didn’t like them in those folders. She then asked if she could just move them to different folders instead. :smack:
istara (sorry for misspelling your name at first)> I assumed you knew that the person wasn’t native English speaking. I also agree they should have used spell check (minimally). I was just trying to point out to the others there who seemed to miss the language issue.
Not that bad, but irritated me. I am in my last week of my job, and we’ve been getting in resumes to fill my position. I handed one over to my boss and told him “don’t hire her, she doesn’t know how to use apostrophes.”
Yes, she had weird and extraneous apostrophes on a resume. For god’s sake! Thanks to Gaudere’s Law, I probably have some grammatical or spelling error in this post, but if I thought I might get a job out of it, I might, I don’t know…proofread?
I would hope it is not necessary, and that such skills are understood to be a given, but I wouldn’t fault someone for including it under a computer skills heading. The problem arises when someone applies for an engineering position and the lump sum of skills and experience they list are proficiency with operating systems and office suites.
This seems like as good a spot as any: at an old job, my colleague and I, the most ridiculously overqualified admin assistants in the history of the company, were charged with screening resumes for an admin assistant for the company’s Moscow sales office.
There were hundreds of them; some were quite decent, and some were quite entertaining. I’m quite familiar with the typical English mistakes of native Russian speakers, but I just couldn’t get over the one resume that touted the applicant’s high level of “expertise in S&M.” We sure hoped she meant “Sales & Marketing,” because the thought of the Eastern Europe sales manager engaging in anything remotely sexual was just too repulsive for words.
Ah. The thing is, I (theoretically, since I’m unemployed right now)work in the field of editing and writing corporate communications, and good computer skills are not a given among us liberal arts folks.
I’m bit limited by by my experience. I don’t run into people without computer skill often. When I see “I can use the internet and send email” I read it as “I have no skills, but would be happy to browse porn and chat with friends on your time.”