Luke Skywalker on how to write a cover letter


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/07/luke-skywalker.html


#2

And, more importantly, don’t forget to hide a weapon in one of the droids.


#3

Cover letters are optional as well. When i was looking for a job about 4-5 years ago instead i opted for a different approach as i was sending the resume digitally and was minimizing the amount of personalization i needed to do. So i wrote a short paragraph describing my background, skills i wanted to to highlight, and what i was looking for. Something to the tune of “Previous background in customer service for X number of years, with a good eye for detail and fast learner, looking for a challenging position”… i forget the exact wording…

It was precisely that short, to-the-point statement that got me singled out by a company and hired.


#4

Of course 9 times out of 10 you’ll just get dropped into the Rancor pit anyway.


#5

When they ask for a performance demonstration during the interview, show them your skills but don’t actually kick that guy in the face… it’s rude.


#6

Unless doing so actually gets you the job.So perhaps, kick that guy in the face only if the backing music starts to really ramp up.


#7

Force kick: extra impressive.

Wait, is Boba Fett swimming in the background? Is this from the actual movie?


#8

The more I think about that decision the less sense it makes. It’s not like Jabba’s palace has especially good security to screen visitors for weapons. Leia walked right up to Jabba with a thermo-detonator in her pocket.


#9

You don’t know what kind of kinks Jabba is into…

Is that a detonator in your pocket or are you happy to see me? :wink: I hope its both.


#10

Luke’s plan to rescue Han might as well have been written by David Mamet. My favorite part is: what if Leia had been successful? Was she just going to walk out the front door with Han and leave Chewie in a cell in Jabba’s basement?


#11

You want me to write a whole letter?

But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters.


#12

Awfully short for a cover letter…


#13

Not bad, but my favorite remains this bit from McSweeney’s:

Also if I never have to write another cover letter it will be too soon.


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#15

I’ve never written a cover letter, and looking back, I doubt it would have made any difference. Maybe it would inflate my ego, but I’m already well-supplied thanks.


#16

Like i posted at the top, i didn’t do a cover letter, instead i wrote a short statement of what i wanted and that specifically worked for me as the company that hired me mentioned as much. That said i think applying for jobs and putting together resumes is just the fucking worst, i don’t think most employers really look at them anyway.


#17

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#19

km4ye


#20

When you have to submit perhaps 200 resumes a week while job searching, coverletters are pointless wastes of time.

I never bother even applying to employers that require them. It’s not like they’re special enough when I need to just get volume out.

“why do you want to work for us”

“because I can do the job, have the necessary skills and experience, and think the rate you’re paying is in line with industry standards”.