Another recruiting year, another job applicant humiliation. This season, Yale senior Aleksey Vayner went far beyond the usual misaddressed e-mail or keyboard-in-mouth embarrassment.If the veoh link doesn't work, Forbes has a little clip.
Vayner, an aspiring investment banker, sent a video titled "Impossible is Nothing" along with an 11-page résumé and glamour shot to financial services powerhouse UBS. Within hours, scores of investment banks noticed his application, as bankers e-mailed the seven-minute video and turned Vayner into the biggest joke on Wall Street.
As long as there have been job applicants, there have been application gaffes. Today, with e-mail as the preferred mode of corporate communication, that embarrassing camera phone picture or salacious IM to a co-worker quickly travels far beyond company walls. So too can a boastful résumé or cover letter.
Is it total disaster? Well, not according to Forbes:
If you do make a mistake, own up to it and move on. Apparently, that’s not Vayner’s style. He recently sent cease and desist letters to Web sites showing his video, but bloggers piled on more mockery. "If you stand by the fact that you are the greatest thing since sliced bread, it is going to turn people off," says Castellini. A better idea is to suck it up and start kissing up with a sincere apology.Well, it is for young Mr. Vayner, I guess... had he just bowed out or begged forgiveness, I'd likely have never taken the bait and blogged.
That worked for law firm summer associate Jonas Blank. The Harvard Law School grad mistakenly sent an e-mail about his summer job to the 40 or so members of Skadden's underwriting group. "I'm busy doing jack s---," he wrote. Blank quickly sent a second e-mail, apologizing for the first, which, "showed a total lack of discretion, responsibility and judgment, and undoubtedly did my reputation and my future here no favors." His begging worked: Blank now works full time at the firm, making over $150,000. Company policy forbade him from commenting on his e-mail.
So, I wonder if I've gone too far in my search for a new job? Feedback, anyone?