Your Spam Blocking Software Hates the Smart Kid

You work hard in college, forgo the temptations of beer funnels and Panama City Beach, and sure enough, you graduate at the top of the class. With highest honors. And what does that get you, in today’s age of e-mailed resum

s and cover letters?

A reserved space in the spam folder.

The culprit? The phrase “magna cum laude,” for starters. (Use “with highest honors” instead.) Spam filters don’t speak Latin.

Other problem terms include “‘free,’ ‘expand,’ ‘trial,’ ‘mortgage,’ or exclamation points or colored backgrounds.”

Unless of course you’re applying for a job as a pornographer, or a free trial mortgage company that’s expanding rapidly. In that case, ignore all this advice.

(How DO pornographers filter THEIR e-mail for spam, anyway?)

Don’t Let Spam Filters Snatch Your Resume [Wall Street Journal]


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  1. He says:

    But hotmail can’t figure out that every email with the subject Hoodia XPF is spam.

    Our resume` email filters work great. We just scrap everything that doesn’t include the subject from one of our ads (since it’s in the mailto links) or come in through the form on our website’s careers page. None of our craigslist or dice spam has left the subject untouched yet.

  2. rachmanut says:

    highest honors is summa cum laude.

  3. AppTechie says:

    Sorry Rach…you’re wrong…summa is second in line for honors…Magna really is the highest honors you can get…

  4. Sir Winston Thriller says:

    No, No, AppTechierachmanut is correct. Summa is the feminine ablative of summus, meaning highest. Magna is the fem. ablative of magnus, meaning great.

    Summa trumps magna.

  5. RandomHookup says:

    Actually, Rach was right. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

    There are typically three types of Latin honors. In order of increasing level of honor, they are:

    cum laude, “with honor”; direct translation: “with praise”
    magna cum laude, “with great honor”; direct translation: “with great praise”
    summa cum laude, “with highest honor”; direct translation: “with highest praise”

    Even though I went to a school where they only offered cum and magna.

  6. droppedD says:

    at my university (Brandeis) graduating “with honors” and “cum laude” were totally different things… you graduated with honors, high honors, or highest honors if you did a senior thesis and carried a minimum GPA (the degree of honors depended on the thesis and its defense). Cum laude/magna/summa cum laude were totally based on GPA. So I graduated cum laude, but i couldn’t put on my resume that i graduated “with honors” – since that would imply i did a thesis and defended it successfully.

    I guess most schools don’t work that way, though?

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  8. North of 49 says:

    Hotmail also doesn’t understant that “debt relief” is not wanted mail no matter how many times I try to activate their filters! augh!

    Hotmail sucks for mail filters.

  9. It’s easy to explain, Hotmail is for Losers.

    *goes back to work scraping 409 spams out his Gmail inbox*

  10. were_only_gonna_die says:

    i don’t want to hire some know-it-all anyways. i prefer middle of the road shmucks that i can pin blame on.

  11. SpamFighterLoy says:

    Argument #3242 against content filtering:

    Spam filters that catch the word “cialis” will not allow many work-related e-mails through because that word is embedded inside the word “specialist”.

    Content filters is stooopid.