How Not to Get a Job: Unqualified Enthusiasm Cover Letter

18 July 2007 at 5:10AM Leave a comment

Last year at the Ade blog, a friend of Canadian Adrian Duyzer forwarded one of the worst cover letters. Seems that Mr. Candidate was applying for a job as a media buyer. Ade dubbed the letter “Unqualified Enthusiasm“. Here’s a small sample:

So my aim is to impress your socks off, unless you don’t ware (sic) socks, then I hope to impress your shoes off. To be realistic, I don’t feel I am very qualified for this position. I understand a person with 2.5 years of sports management isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, but I believe I have what it takes to be your media buyer.

I think the only qualification I have that really applies for this position is my extencive (sic) CD collection

Check out the whole thing here:

Oh – and don’t do that.

Update: Fixed link


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