The Three A’s

The three A’s carry a lot of weight with hiring managers in the decision process: attitude, accuracy, appearance. To me, the above have been talked to death. A professional job seeker who has made even a pinkie finger’s worth of effort to educate himself on hiring trends knows you need an error free resume, a sunny disposition and a well kept appearance to achieve that positive first impression necessary for the employer to want to give you the time of day.

As blah, blah, blah as conversations on the three A’s have become, the message still hasn’t penetrated the brains of many job seekers. When I sit down to chat with employers the most common complaints I hear involve candidates falling short in one of the three A’s. The candidates involved aren’t limited to any profession, age group, religion, ethnicity, economic class, etc. It’s a problem across the board. Why?

There is no excuse these days for a candidate to greet an employer with breakfast on his shirt, manager spelled like manger on his resume and anger from past or present experiences seeping from his pores. Though I appreciate some are frustrated and financially strapped, conventional wisdom dictates job seekers stay on top of the three 3 A’s. The top goal is securing employment. It solves most problems. Ignoring the three A’s makes it darn near impossible to move forward with a company, no matter your experience. I had an employer tell me just last week he wasn’t interested in a candidate with stellar skills who had been referred to him because her attitude stunk. Top notch credentials couldn’t save her from the chopping block.

At the end of the day, a job search is about positive first impressions and lasting impressions. The catch is, to have a chance at making a positive lasting impression, you have to nail the first impression or the buck stops there.


  • Scot Richards says:

    In this day of Emailed submissions and impersonal first meetings by phone I believe one’s resume must stand in as the “Customer Representative”. As with many businesses first impressions are made when a potential customer walks through the door and is greeted by the first person. Whether the initial contact person can assist the customer is immaterial, the key is how the initial contact greets the customer.


  • Lisa says:

    Scot, I agree 100%. And I appreciate you pointing out the employer is the customer. That point often gets lost.

RSS feed for comments on this post.