Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Blogger Idol, Week 4
Blogger Idol is the brainchild of Darren at LivingRoom.

Each Sunday (Australian time) Darren announces a theme for the week. We have three days to work that theme into a blog post. We post the entry in our own blog and leave a link in Darren's blog so we can read what each other wrote.

If you want to read the other entries, the links are here. blogger_idol-1.gif

Over a hundred bloggers are participating. I will read as many of the entries as possible. Later in the week Violet's Blogger Idol awards will be given to five entries of note.

This weeks theme is ‘Ooops’.

I sent my resume out with the following cover letter. Only later did I learn that I should have waited to tell them about my physical requirements until after the job offer was made and accepted. Ooops!

Dear Hiring Manager:

Your advertisement for a Systems Analyst fits my experience and qualifications perfectly, and I am writing to express my interest in and enthusiasm for the position.

My career achievements have included designing and implementing an order distribution system for a large pharmaceutical company. (Which wasn't large enough and got acquired by Pfizer.)

In addition to my desire to join your team, you will find I am a dedicated and driven professional whose recent accomplishments include:
  • Creating an html table which, for no apparent reason, displays a screen of empty space before the table appears.

  • Knitting five vests and four pair of socks for CIC, Children in Common. 200% of last years output was produced in the first month of this year.

  • Cleaning out the medicine cabinet. Number of bottles of "stuff" was reduced more than 50%.

  • Writing four entries for Blogger Idol. In Week 2 my entry on Freedom was randomly selected for a link by Onionboy.

Due to my advanced experience and age, I have a few basic physical requirements for productive employment.

  • Large office with windows and door.

  • Ergonomically designed work area specially designed for reading my favorite morning comics on the internet while drinking a cup of coffee.

  • Variance on the dress code to allow jeans and athletic shoes.

  • Employee gym for use after the morning coffee. Must be in same building as my office. Same floor is desirable, but not mandatory.

  • Unmonitored internet connection for updating my blog and reading Blogger Idol entries.

  • Reduced hours. I need to drive in the daylight when the highway is not busy. 10:00 am until 2:00 would be perfect.

  • Tasty Weight Watchers 7 point lunch prepared from scratch each day by an Italian chef.

  • Company paid high speed internet access at home to expedite any blogging I can't complete during work hours.

Although I'm sure all your management is accommodating, I do reserve the right to tell them to "buzz off" if they present me with unwanted assignments, challenges, or opportunities.

I'm sure you understand that at my age I can not work to deadlines and I don't take night calls.

Go to Seasons of Violet and leave your questions in the comments. I will follow up with you in a few days to answer any questions you may have.


Since this job didn't pan out, I'm still looking. If you are interested in hiring me, please leave your questions/comments here.