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Job search thoughts for the day:

The position of "Floating General Manager" probably isn't as magical as it sounds.

Are the suck factors of these example cover letters just amazingly high? I can appreciate the desire not to write a novella, but still!

Does anybody actually send "letters of recommendation?" I've turned in like 100 resumes over the last few months. I can't imagine actually getting letters for even a small fraction of those, and a photocopied letter seems meaningless somehow.


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Apr. 20th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I do.
I rarely send unsolicited letters of recommendation. I bring them with me to the in-person interview.

If it's a really stellar job, I might bundle my cover letter, resume, and most recent letter of recommendation into one PDF and send it all at once, though.

I never send references until they ask for them.

Apr. 20th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
"I can has grammar for cover letter?" Ouch.
Apr. 20th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Try clicking through the "Amazing Cover Letter Creator" ad. It gets worse. Navigate away from the site, and it starts a "virtual agent" to try and convince you to buy. Standard e-book style brochure website.
Apr. 20th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
letters of recommendation
I have two letters sitting in a file at home, both written more than fifteen years ago. For my most recent two company changes, I was asked for three references and gave names, cell phone/office numbers and email, not even physical addresses.

Back in the day (when dinosaurs trod the earth) L of R were required for college applications, scholarship applications, and a couple of AP classes, but once out of academia? No, not so much.

Apr. 21st, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
I don't send the letter of recommendation unless the job application specifically asks for it. I usually just list 4 references on my resume - jobs won't usually call them until they're pretty sure that they're going to offer you the position.

This may be different in other countries, but that's what I found when applying for jobs.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I think the "recommendation letters" came from a site that was weirdly advertising new-age product as well as offering vague, off-base advise. It was a strange collection of jumbled suggestions...
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Actually, "Floating General Manager" sounds like something monstrous. Imagine you've been working for hours on a project, and switch over to the browser for a quick break, unfortunately failing to hear the soft rustle of corduroy beyond your cubicle. You realize your mistake in the instant that the callid hand comes to rest on your shoulder and the sepulchral voice says, "I'm disappointed in you, Jacob."

I really hope those cover letters are jokes. :(
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