Resumes are a necessary evil, But it’s up to job applicants not to make them super-evil.
An article published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal revealed that some job applicants are dressing up their job applications with waaaaay too much non-business-related detail.
Bitmojis, in case you’ve managed to escape them so far, are cartoon avatars that can be customized to a thoroughly creepy level to resemble the person using them. “Create your Bitmoji and be yourself wherever you go,” the company’s site proclaims.
And apparently some job-hunters are adding the friendly little cartoons into their please-hire-me documentations, whether electronic or otherwise. The Journal’s example is especially egregious: an applicant for a teaching job at the Indianapolis high school included a bitmoji of himself waving and the word “hi” at the top, quickly making himself the hey-get-a-load-of-THIS-guy story of the faculty room.
The Journal story went on to discuss other things job-seekers should stay away from (pastel colored resumes; moody — or any — photos; lists of random hobbies), but it was the bitmoji mention that took off.
“If I see a resume with a bitmoji on it, I will set it on fire,” Sascha Segan, lead analyst for PCMag, wrote in a tweet.
But already, there was some backlash to the bitmoji backlash.
“If I see a resume with a bitmoji on it, I’m going to keep reading because I wouldn’t have made that decision and that tells me you might have some ideas I might not have,” Russell Holly, an editor at Android Central, wrote.
“I would 100% bring in someone with a bitmoji on their resume for an interview,” wrote another Twitter user.
But watch out, HR people. The Journal might have created a monster.
“I’m going to apply with a resume of only memes, and various emojis,” wrote Aaron Kasten. “You’re welcome.”
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