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Think Joel is Wrong?

This from a cover letter I got with a resume the other day:

          K---L S---H
          12 , B--------y Road ,
          N , SomeDown MA , 01729
          phone #s:
          cell: (---)-6-4-2--4

Yes, it is not very nice to generalize. But at the same time, exceptions to the rule do not disprove the rule.

And for the record, if you reply with something mean I may have to surrender. I'm French and cannot help it. So don't say something mean unless you are willing to have me move in and become your personal servant. ;)

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Apart from a cover letter specifying which vacancy they're applying for I can't see the point of them.  And that's all that's wrong with the example.

I'm not sure about being pompous about having 'professional' sounding email accounts, sure I have email domains (have them coming out of my ears), but for a 16 year old on a dialup (or whatever) there isn't much of a choice.

Simon Lucy
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

He's talking about the superfluous spaces with the commas.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Sometimes life is just too short.

Simon Lucy
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

IMOH, an exclusionary process for resumes could miss out on some good ones.  OTOH, I don't have to deal with the volume he does.

Some of the best minds I've met couldn't remember to tie their own shoes.  But they'd still be an asset in my book.

H. Lally Singh
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

The basic assumption is that it is worse to hire someone bad than it is to reject somebody good. So anything that might make you bad, even if it is just a typo or a space before a comma , is enough to get you rejected.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

While it is quite funny , my thoughts are immediately: why?

Why do so many Indians leave the space before the comma? Does anyone know?

Jan Derk
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Don't know about Indians and commas, but in French (at least in Canada), one puts a space in front of a colon.

Perhaps a similar rule exists for Hindi/Sanskrit or whatever.

David Jones
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Apparently there is always a space before and after the punctuation in Sanskrit. Apparently some software automatically corrects this if you accidently leave it out.

Mr Jack
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

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