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A good laugh...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Gator, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    I'd love to hear about the things (cover letters, reader letters, threatening e-mails, etc.) that you or members of your staff have posted on a nearby bulletin in the office....those always good for a laugh. There are a few things here, one about a junior varsity crew team which is "having what some people are calling a dream season." ah yes...
  2. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I got a resume once, and this was maybe 1994, that went on to 12 pages or so, using all of the fonts and display tricks from then state-of-the-art desktop publishing software. It was almost as incomprehesible as some ESPN: The Magazine layouts.
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Hey, Gizmo font was supposed to be the cool thing. Err, nevermind ...
  4. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    I've seen a resume that was designed like a newspaper front. It went straight into the circular file.
  5. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    I remember getting a resume that had the applicant naming all of the things he'd done in sports .. as an athlete ... and that alone was a load of B.S. We did keep it around for awhile to amuse us from time to time. Best thing, however, was when the guy re-applied a few years later and he had changed a few of those accomplishments!
  6. ronalong

    ronalong Guest

    We had a guy apply once as a stringer, whose resume showed his father had been the editor of his college newspaper and his mother had been a lifestyles editor at a paper in another state before moving to our state. The kid had never written anything and was not working for his college paper, but he felt we should give him a shot because as his resume stated, "writing is a strong family tradition with us and I think it's time I entered the field of journalism."
  7. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member

    I once got a fax from a guy bragging that he'd been named the Saints' No. 1 fan. I scratched my head, said that sounded unpossible and called the team. It was a form letter to season ticket holders. Later that night, what is the closing bit on the local sports telecast from across the street?
  8. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Twice I've received a resume that came postage due.
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I like that. It gives off an attractive sense of desperation that means you can low-ball the applicant.
  10. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member

    Exactly Ace:

    "Dude, you couldn't afford a stamp, so we feel pretty confident that you will work for whatever crappy amount we offer you."

    It's the american way.

    [not trying overly hard for sarcasm here...just remembering my last salary negotiation]
  11. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Damn you. I spent all weekend on that ...
  12. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    That's interesting -- I made one of my best hires from the same kind of resume. Guy's still a big-time, respected person in the biz.

    Yeah, I thought it was goofy. And then I said, "I wonder what kind of writer a guy that goofy is."

    He was great, so he got hired.

    Not trying to criticize, LJB, but sometimes, you have to look beyond things a little bit.
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