I know first hand how hard it is to look for work. Finding a listing, preparing your resume and cover letter, waiting around for a call back or email. Then, that scary interview process where so many things are out of your control. I’ve since looked back at those cover letters and found small typos or grammatical errors in a few. Notwithstanding, I did receive call backs from those companies, despite the random teh instead of the.
Being recently employed again, I miss pajamas, I miss television, but not the job hunt. No way. That part flat-out sucks. A few days ago, I received an email soliciting work in my department. And it reminded me of that terrible struggle between sending resumes blindly and answering an ad. On those weeks that the newspaper’s employment section fit on one page, I resorted to researching companies and sending them unsolicited emails with my work history. So, I understood right away the urgency of this person’s email. I understood and decided to entertain their request – even though I have absolutely no hiring power.
For the purposes of this conversation, I’m only going to discuss the cover letter – which was awesome. Awe-some. It made my typos look amateurish and ill-conceived. The real fun was in the content of the letter. So, like the way my English textbooks would sometimes provide commentary for complicated classics, I too have provided you with my commentary alongside the loosely censored letter.
It should also be noted that each paragraph of this letter was in a different font. This cover letter came with your standard edition resume and three letters of recommendation. I can’t deal with those yet. I may just turn this into a series. Lastly, the cherry on top of this delicious sundae of goo was the person’s picture. It was a picture of a picture of the person with a jacket over his or her shoulder. Awe-some.