Thursday, July 12, 2007

Education, education, education.

A friend of mine, who's in a senior position at a major media company, has just sent this on to me. It's supposed to be a job application:
Hi [over-familiar Christian name with diminutive],
You hiring at [name of major media company]? I'm ex-economic times and Cambridge. If there are any openings, do tell.
Kind regards,
[Over-chummy Christian name withheld to spare blushes].
As he said to me, "could it be that every single one of the 22 words are, in their own unique way, totally wrong?"


  1. could be worse he could've texted it and added a ;)

  2. OMG! as the application-writer would say. My speculative job applications are rather more respectful and less boastful; I wouldn't have them any other way.

    But Daveypoos, if you're hiring, I'm ex-Birmingham Poly and Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing.

  3. good stuff!
    here's mine
    Oi! Oi! Hepster I'm ex LDN + Waddington games. Can I edit q?
    L8s big m

  4. Anonymous5:43 pm

    At that big HMV place on Oxford Street, the CD dividers for Frey & Henley's MOR outfit carry the heading 'THE EAGELS'. Is this thread heading off-topic, by any chance?

  5. It's not about spelling. It's about the gormlessness of someone who can send a letter like that in the belief that they're going to wangle a job like they might wangle an invite to a party. We've bred a generation of people whose self-confidence might be misplaced. Anyone who's got teenagers should read this.

  6. Anonymous6:40 pm

    Oh, I'm sticking with that Ellen fella's theory of 'Ten Good Ideas' and you're in. I've nearly got two.

  7. Hi Dave, that is like so cool. Love your blog. Any chance of a link? Dick.

  8. Anonymous7:45 am

    We had a similar one the other day - email from a young lad (Manchester Grammar School, no less) looking for holiday placement work. However the email was not from the lad himself - he'd got his mum to apply on his behalf.


  9. Anonymous4:56 am

    Hmm. When your correspondent asks:

    "...could it be that every single one of the 22 words are, in their own unique way, totally wrong?"

    I'd be inclined, in my own sweet way, to point out that he should be asking:

    "...could it be that every single one of the 22 words *is*, in *its* own unique way, totally wrong?".

    Now, yes, I'm being a pedantic fool in doing so - but no more so than the man who started it. If you're going to pick fault, whether with the generation below or whoever - be very very very sure of the ground you are standing on.


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