Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Nice Cover Letter


thumbsdown-gladiator


Long ago in a galaxy far, far away I had a job working in a Human Resources department. Part of the job required reviewing tons o' resumes and cover letters -- a process that is really all about looking for reasons to reject applicants.  By and large cover letters were generally pretty generic, but every now and again one would stand out -- in a good way or a bad way.

We are looking to hire at the gallery where I currently work, so once again I am pre-screening applicants. My jaw dropped when I read this cover letter:

nice cover letter, drollgirl

Thanks for the laugh, but we won't be asking you to come in for an interview!



P.S. My favorite typo EVER came in the format of a cover letter for a Public Relations Officer position.  The applicant wrote that she was an "expert in Pubic Relations".  Bwahahahahah!!  NEXT!


Side note: I have a new horrendously fun habit...whenever I don't like something (like when hearing a bad joke, being tasked to do something unpleasant, etc.), I give a dramatic thumbs down, similar to the one you see in the picture above.  It isn't normally received with enthusiasm, but it sure is fun to do.  :]


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28 comments:

Caroline said...
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Caroline said...

Oh this just made my day. I used to be a recruiter so you can imagine the shit that I would read. But this...wow. I like his concept of trying to stand out...but perhaps he needs to tone ii down just a tad.

I like the thumbs down thing...might try that with my kids!!!

p.s. that was me with the comment deletions...found a bunch of typos! LOL

Caroline said...

BTW...yes, I am aware that I am a total loser. :/ But I like my spelling to be correct!

Caroline said...

Holy shit...I see another typo...kill me now! UGH! I can't type today.

Lorena said...

I would have called her in for being so creative...
In my next life I might go into human resources, i think it is fun looking at resumes and asking people personal questions and then not having to hire them. I't's like funnnn - Gawd I am going to hell ofr this.

melifaif said...

Wow. Expert in Pubic Relations, eh? niiiiice. I bet you are! ha. Caroline kinda cracked me up and I don't usually read others comments. lol. Love the big thumbs down idea.

Felicia said...

We must be looking for different traits in our coworkers because I would totally hire that person based on that cover letter! Hahahahaa!!!!

MarlaD said...

LOL you reminded me of a time in junior high when we had a class art project to make signs (I guess) reminiscent of early America. They were evenually posted on a wall for all to enjoy and I almost wet my pants when I noticed one of them was advertising "Ye Olde Pubic Place". It stayed up until they were all taken down so I guess I was the
Most sophisticated in the room, including the teacher. It is ironic that I grew up to hold the title of deputy director of the Public Works Department.

Kitty Stampede said...

awww....I would of thought you would of called them in based on that. hahaaha. gotta love when things spice up your day. i guess they probs just wanted to stand out.

i DESPISE writing cover letters. UGH. and resumes. with.a.passion. I suck at them. and I just feel so lame in anything I write. tooting one's own horn is not natural to me, at all.
and i am a major SHITTY ass kisser too.

Morgan said...

Love this! And the Pubic Relations comment made my day. :)

rach said...

hahaha wow...he certantly gets points for creativity......north korean transvestite....I'm wondering how the comparison is working out for him on the job market....

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! This is awesome! I love that you must give a clear visual of your feelings via a thumbs down. I would say something sarcastic like "stay classy!" but in all honesty I love that you do that.

Claire Kiefer said...

Well, now that is quite a cover letter. I'm assuming that the applicant was trying to think of the most shocking thing possible to try to "stand out." Too bad it's a cheap trick. THUMBS DOWN! hahaha

fabulousjunk said...

well then.... definitly got your attention though. hahaha. You should have called them in for an interview anyways just for shits and giggles :)

becks
http://fabulous-junk.blogspot.com

Heidi said...

I was one of those cover letter writers. And I was told that it's what got me the interview. Then I was one of those annoying people who called back every other day until they offered me the job. 15+ years later, I'm still here and they wouldn't let me quit if I wanted to. So sometimes it works!

In other news, I think I'd like a North Korean tranny to be president. Certainly better than some of the choices out there now...

WendyB said...

Ha ha! I want to hire this person....

Marian said...

Bahahahahahha...I love this post.

Wait, so its not ok to be an expert in pubic relations? Is that why you didn't ask for my references;)

heather said...

hilarious!! love the cover letter love the thumbs down! now i need you to tell me what a good cover letter looks like. mama needs a real job!

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

lol they are kinda awesome and I love the thumbs down I may have to start doing that. Also moved to wordpress so not in your feed no more just fyi.

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE said...

I was actually dreaming of working as a recruiter one day. Just so I can get to really read the shit people write. If I ever had a company just to joke around with people's money and no worries for the real-life costs and shit, I would totally hire these idiotic and brilliantly humorous people. Just for a laugh, of course. Gotta give props to them for having the guts to write those shit and trying to stand out anyway.

And I really appreciate you taking the time to read my recent rant. I'm still amazed that there's even a person left who still takes time to read what I post and write continuously. I guess the problem must be that I've spent time being a geek for too long. Planning to jet again though, hopefully, in the beginning of next year.

Fuck, I talked shit a lot.

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE

SHOP

blueviolet said...

Pubic relations? Oh my gosh, how humiliating that must have been when she discovered her typo!

Trissta said...

Hahahahaha, well, maybe you should do a post and tell us what we should write! Cause that sounds like something I would say! lol I know I don't have a snowball's chance in hell, but hey, you know, I tried! Although having an expert in pubic relations sure could come in handy one day.... Just sayin'. LMAO

Much Love,
Trissta

Aline said...

lol that was prob her 300th resume this year!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

waiiiit, so was that a serious inquiry or did they mean something along the lines of "transfer" or "transplant"????? That's really funny. I'm actually quite adept at grammar but whenever I touch my iphone, people get a totally different impression as my fat fingers change all my words!

And that thumbs down thing is funny, unless of course, you were doing it to me. :)

Kathryn said...

Well, at least...he/she/shim/it did achieve sticking out from the rest of the competition, but not in a positive way.

Love the thumbs down idea...it is like the politically correct version of flipping the bird.

十十f十 said...

such a fun post. i'm in the HR business! did recruitment for a brief stint.

...love Maegan said...

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!??!?!?!?!?!?! shut up, no way. omg i just died.