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 ...