April 12, 2011
Dear Sir or Ma’am,
Please excuse the emotional nature of this note, as I am writing to you in fear that I am dying. Murdered to be exact, and I am, if well written, precise.
I would blame Technology but it has no control over what’s inscribed and sent. It intended to help, not bastardize a respectful and necessary process. I can hear the Twitters laughing behind my back; that I am old, overrated. No one wastes time reading long text. They move straight on to the attachments.
Still, it defies belief that you want your first contact with a prospective employer to be: “Look at this and then call me.” I understand the date may be redundant in an email. But the Salutation? The expression of interest in the opportunity? A mention of gratitude? The Closing?
Surely, you are thinking, I exaggerate. It is, nevertheless, all too true. In a small sampling, over 70% lacked multiple elements. They are torturous to read.
I grow tired and did not intend to lecture you, as I am sure of your esteem and know that you would never send such a missive. Again, I beg your pardon, but I am afraid. It is a reflection of my age, but I fail to understand why faster and easier encourages laziness. Soon they may abandon my teaching all together. I implore you to not let this happen.
P.S. Your computer is equipped with an automatic device which can correct errors in spelling.