Friday, August 30, 2013

When Your Resume Doesn't Match your Skills.

When applying for a job, make sure that your resume does reflect what your skills are. During the hotel rebranding we hired a maintenance person based on his resume and said skills.

The first week that he was there I saw him in the hotel bar having a beer, during lunch. So after he was done with his lunch I approached him and asked him about it.  The conversation went as follows:

Me:  I need to get your keys and you are to please clock out for the rest of the day.

Clueless: I didn't know I couldn't have a beer during my lunch break.

Me: What job have you ever worked at that they allowed you to drink while working, even if it was your lunch break? 

Clueless:  Why do I have to leave?

Me:  If anything happens to you while you are on the job, we are liable. Please give me your keys and clock out. You can come back to work tomorrow.

Clueless:  Can I make up my hours?

Me: *crickets*

When Clueless came back to work I asked him to please fix a gate that was off its hinges.

Yup, all safe and secure.

The next task was to replace the door locks on the housekeeping supply door as the key to the old lock was missing.


Clueless was by far the most challenging person I have ever had to work with. He had an answer for everything and would refer to me as "Lady" and not in a nice way. I once asked him to fix something and he gave me the complete run down of what he was going to do that I put my hand in the air and said "I asked you for the time, not how to make a watch."

The straw that broke the camels back was when I asked him to please repair the wallpaper in a guest room. The seams were lifting and I needed him to glue them down. After 2 hours he came downstairs and told me that the room would have to stay off market for two days for the glue to dry and that he would need to remove the plank he had secured. I didn't think anything of it and went to check the room and yeah...

Please note that the 2x4 is secured into the wall, through the
wallpaper with screws. Large screws. Loved the caution tape

It was then decided that it was time for him to go. Work was not being completed, he had an answer for everything and his resume was not adding up to his actual work skills.

As I gave him his final paycheck and asked him to sign a form he stood in the lobby and started yelling at me in Spanish. I do not speak the language, but it was very clear that what he was saying was not very nice.  I went into Ninja Bitch mode and asked him to leave the premises before I called the police.

As he is leaving and continuing to yell, he stops and looks at me and says "Can I still put you down as a reference?"



  1. You aptly named him. That guy was the epitome of clueless. I know next to nothing about maintenance work & I'm pretty sure I'd get those jobs right.

  2. Yikes! We had a similar experience when we had our hotel. On top of incompetence, he lied, stole, and had a very serious drug problem. After I fired him, the guy actually gave my name as a reference (unlike Clueless, he didn't even ask). Imagine my surprise when I got THAT reference call.

    1. It truly is at times like that, that I wish legally we were able to say more than "We would not rehire that person."

  3. P.S: I especially love the wallpaper "repair." THAT's scary.

    1. I bet the people that did the water main break repairs for you could have done a better job right?


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