Easiest Decision of the Week
We're in the process of hiring an editor for our weekly, which would reduce my workload down to editing TWO papers, though I'd still supervise that one. Here is a cover letter we received yesterday. Bear in mind that one of the necessary skills listed in the job application included computer literacy. Aside from sending out a form letter instead of actually saying why he'd like this particular job, I don't think he realized there was something attached at the bottom.
With the obvious redaction of personal information, his letter follows in its entirety:
F O R
I M M E D I A T E
A T T E N T I O N
M*** M. S***
Portland, ME 04101
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am writing for the opportunity of a position with your Company. I have enclosed for your consideration a personal Resume detailing my education and professional experience. I have considerable experience in film and television production, media relations, and as a writer, editor and performer for a rather varied professional, business and creative clientele.
My work has been wide-ranging, and has accustomed me to a diversity of people, places and perspectives. I have a keen ear, a sharp eye, very sound aesthetic judgment and polished communications skills. I am looking for a position which will afford me the opportunity to wed professional obligation with creative instinct.
Thank you for taking the time to review the enclosed material. I would enjoy very much the opportunity to meet with you, introduce myself and answer any additional questions you may have. I believe I can make a significant contribution to your Company, your clients and your nterests.
M*** M. S***
How about: "We just want a first-rate Writer/Editor and we'll take a little time to teach you the "embroidery?"
This attitude wouldn't, per chance, have anything to do with this State hemorrhaging TALENT -- now would it?
God, you people are THICK -- not to mention provincial ...