In lieu of the Chick-fil-A religion uproar, which was blown far out of proportion and followed with the company’s PR chief suffering a lethal heart attack, I thought I’d share this one…
A hopeful intern candidate sent me his resume last week with a cover letter that closed with “And God Bless”.
In all my years of reviewing resumes of job candidates, I’ve never experienced this before.
I couldn’t tell if this person was being sarcastic, seeking a chuckle, or attempting to express genuine religious blessings. I was confused.
Nonetheless, poor writing skills and a hollow resume eliminated this candidate at the start.
But it made me think…
I am supportive of God (or your religion or your lack of one). Faith is a very personal matter, and I’m tolerant and respectful of people’s choices. I think religious diversity is a good thing.
And by the way, I patronize Chick-fil-A whenever I visit Atlanta. In New York, I frequently patronize Muslim street vendors who not only sell lamb gyros, but kneel on the street to pray right in front of me. I also frequent Thai restaurants, many owned by Buddhists and they’re not shy about decorating their establishments accordingly.
But if applying for a job, interacting for the first time with an organization with no stated religious affiliation, when is the right time to introduce God into the conversation?
What do you think?