Quite a few years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks starred in a movie about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. The basic story is that over the course of several years, Carl Hanratty, played by Tom Hanks tracks down Frank Abagnale played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
I often feel like Carl Hanratty, only in my case, I am trying to track down members of The FENG. As Chairman of The FENG, I often feel that I could easily become a detective at this point in my life given the skills I have acquired.
I can’t believe how frequently during the day I get mystery messages from our many members, even members who are applying for assignments I are managing through The FECG, LLC. (Please visit our website to learn more about what we do: www.TheFECG.com)
Let me see if I can clarify a few obvious issues that all of you should be in compliance with if you are interested in pursuing gainful employment.
Your resume should have your points of contact. Period. I hear a lot of nonsense about identity theft, but honestly, unless you put your SSAN# and DOB on your resume, there is very little that someone can do to harm you.
Not being able to reach you WILL harm you. When someone wants to reach you, they want to reach you NOW. This means that you need to have a phone number on your resume where you can actually be reached. If it is your cell, which is probably the best choice, mark it as such. If I can’t reach you by cell, although I leave a message, I usually also send a text message.
If you can’t be reached at home during the day, don’t use that number on your resume. Do you really think people will try to call you at night? Yes, I know you may not have privacy at work, but you should only be so lucky as to get a call. If you want your day phone to be your cell phone, you might want to check it once in a while. And yes, a physical address is necessary so I know what time zone you are in. With number portability and no land line, the area code isn’t as helpful as it used to be.
This same story is true for the email address you use on your resume. I know you may find this hard to believe, but there are many of you out there (and you know who you are) who have set up special email addresses for your job search. The only problem is that you almost never check these addresses. And, when you do, you tend to do it in a rush and delete important messages (from me) along with the spam. (Again, you know who you are.)
No lecture about letting others catch you would be complete without my enduring lecture about outgoing signatures. Yes, I accept that all of you consider me a friend and you don’t use one with your friends, but what about when you are writing to me about one of my assignments? Would it be possible for you to include your FULL contact information then? What if I said please?
When it comes to messages I receive from our members when they need help, a FULL outgoing signature is a big help to my getting back to you. Sure, I have my secret decoder ring (The FENG membership directory), but I can assure you that the rest of the world is not so blessed. And, often times you want help at a time of change and none of the points of contact I have for you are still valid. (Again, those of you who have been guilty of this know who you are. The list is a little too long to include in this newsletter.)
And, for those members who are using a very old email address, please be reminded that the cutesy email address you created so many years ago (mine was CPTSafety) is meaningless to the rest of humanity and doesn’t look professional. Try to set one up that is your name and that doesn’t have numbers in it.
Believe me I would like to catch you. The real question is whether or not you want to be caught.