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Italy Holiday Day 07: New Job Application

The new job at my existing work has finally been advertised. I’ve known it was coming for a while; however it hadn’t been ‘official’ yet therefore there hadn’t been a point in me even thinking about it. In fact I really could do without having to think about work as I’m so much happier when I can just empty my mind while sitting in the sun or cutting the grass.

But it’s got to be done – the deadline for this job is this coming Friday. Thankfully I’ll be an internal applicant, so all I have to do is fill out half a page of why I think I’m suitable (which I bloody well am), plus, attach my CV.

Tonight I’m going to give my CV an overhaul in line with the JD (doesn’t need that much tweaking to be honest), and tomorrow I’ll be stating my reason for the application and outlining my suitability for the post.

The only anticipated difficulty/obstacle in my way might be that apparently there is already someone within the company who is likely to get the job. Or so I’ve been told. I don’t know who this person is, but it must be quite a strong contender. And since I only started there in February, they may well have the advantage. As long as I get an interview I’m not too bothered. It’s only if I don’t even get an interview that all hell will break loose here at lenina’s headquarters! In that case, I’ll be fucking angry and shall seriously start looking elsewhere 😐

How Not to Get a Job

I’m currently doing another round of recruitment (don’t ask me for a job people, unless you are native of either: GE, SP, FR, IT, NL, NO, SE, or DE). It’s really annoying what kind of shit people send in and really think they’re going to be considered for the job.

For instance, I always ask for a cover letter as well as CV, and the cover letter really is crucial. If you have a shit cover letter, I won’t even look at your CV (unless I’m really desperate for people). Here’s a cover letter I got today:

My interest in your company was ignited when I saw the add [sic] on Internet. . Having read your recruitment literature I feel your training will enable me to meet my own personal goals in a dynamic, yet friendly environment.


Ehm…: what recruitment literature? Your own personal goals? A dynamic, yet friendly environment? You’ve come to the wrong fucking place.

and another one, similarly meaningless:


I would like to apply for a position in your company considering my previous experience and education which you can learn about in my c.v.

ehm..: learn about in your CV? I.e. I have to look through your (likely chaotic, poor, and irrelevant to the job) CV to try and understand how your experience matches the job? No fucking chance.

Please take note everyone: The best way to a recruiter’s heart is through a cover letter that is tailored to the actual ad, supported by a strong CV (easy on the eye, succinct, but informative about your experiences and skills).

Applications containing generic cover letters such as the ones above are immediately deleted, and I hope not just by me! Imagine these people sending out their pointless, generic applications to loads of different jobs, then wondering why they don’t hear back.