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Dear Sir...

There's a job on offer upstairs. I have written my application letter and I'd really appreciate some feedback on whether I've got the tone right.

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Dear Sir,

I am writing in reply to your job advert of the 4th for a sub-editor/reporter. I have long been interested in becoming a reporter, have pro-actively sought opportunities in the field and I am very keen to work for you.

I have gathered plenty of experience in the last ten years. Indeed, while at college I was a freelance correspondent for several magazines and wrote many articles putting the young person's point of view on various issues of the day.

As you will see from my cuttings file, the editors of "Bloodsports Monthly", "Reader's Knives" and "Soldier of Fortune" magazine were very impressed with my work.

I also managed to pay my way through four years of education using my entrepreneurial flair. A keen gardener, I supplemented my loans by running a small venture dealing in various medicinal and herbal products which I managed to cultivate myself despite being somewhat legally-challenged.

As you can imagine, this has given me many useful contacts in the world of international trade and I have had many pleasurable business trips to Sicily, New York, Belgrade, Hong Kong and Moscow to meet contacts from various family-run businesses and they are all very keen to help me succeed.

*Very* keen.

I know I would be a valuable addition to your editorial staff.

I think I can go so far as to say that if you don't hire me, you'll be waking up face to face with a horse's head and it won't be your wife.

To summarize: I know where you fucking live, sunshine.

I hope to hear from you soon,

Yours faithfully,

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Actually, I *have* just been sounded out over taking a job on our sister paper. The pluses are:

1) more money
2) doing the job I love (designing)
3) Only have to work four days a week
4) possibilities of advancement whereas at my present job there are almost none. Everyone's young and no one leaves this company because it's cushy, it's unionised and it's ethically sound
5) Wouldn't have to change any of my paperwork because it's within the same company
6) Would only have to work at night two days a week. The rest of the time I would be working like a normal person

The minuses are
1) I would have to work every single Wednesday-Saturday, whereas here I get a five-day weekend every few months.
2) I would be the junior again. A senior junior, but nevertheless, a junior
3) The people are wankers -- although I do like many of them there are a few who I would not pee on if they were on fire
4) The working atmosphere is much less civilized
5) The timing of this is deeply, deeply bad
6) The paper is less stable and the entire company is in the midst of a huge cost-cutting drive. I don't think they'd chuck out someone who was young and cheap -- they usually chuck out the old warhorses who are expensive. But I don't know.

To summarise: This would be a really good move but I absolutely don't want to do it.



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Aug. 17th, 2001 04:46 pm (UTC)
Um. Er. So you know my life's a wasteland and my advice is not coming from anyone who's actually proven she knows what she's talking about?


You've been trying to talk yourself into this job for weeks. If it would be good for you, I kinda tend to think you wouldn't need so much convincing.
Aug. 17th, 2001 04:54 pm (UTC)
Listen to Mel. She is wise.

You know what it's like to work there and you don't want to.

Although I see no point in complaining about a 3-day weekend every fucking week. *glare*
Aug. 17th, 2001 07:39 pm (UTC)
I know, I know. "My pile of gold isn't shiny enough!" *g*

It's just the thought of the 12-hour Saturdays every Saturday with the shouting and the childish behaviour and the prima donnas there.

You are both wise.

I shall stop whinging and ponder some more.
Aug. 18th, 2001 05:27 am (UTC)
If you're going to write letters as funny as that, by all means whinge away.

Though I'm not *so* eager for laughs I'd recommend you take the miserable job just so you could complain about it.
Aug. 17th, 2001 09:04 pm (UTC)
ticking 'em off
(Things off a list, I mean.)

You've made the inevitable pros-and-cons list, which is a good thing, I think. Given that I'm pretty much stuck in my current position for the rest of my life unless I decide to completely change careers, I'm probably not one to give advice ;).

What other career options do you have? Sounds like the current post is pleasant but not necessarily *enjoyable*. And as mely said -- if you have to convince yourself to take it, you shouldn't. It does seem like you want a change, though. Any possibilities?

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