Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The email postman always knocks multiple times

While we've often discussed the pitfalls of calling News Directors when a job posting specifically asks you not to do so, we've never touched on the email process.

Trust me, this isn't too far off from what managers receive...



from: Dirk Goodhair
to: News Director
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 8:14am

Dear News Director,

I'm ready to come work for you at (station)! I'm an energetic reporter who will go the extra mile to help make (name of newscast) even better. I know that your newscast has a long history of putting out a quality product.

I have already sent a tape, so please send your feedback as soon as possible. Attached please find a copy of my resume, cover letter, a link to my online resume tape, my facebook page and twitter account.

-Dirk Goodhair




from: Mike Level, News Director
to: Dirk Goodhair
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 2:14pm

Thank you for applying for the reporter position at Eye-Missed-It News. We will be reviewing all tapes within the next few weeks and will contact you if we are interested.

(By the way, Dirk, you might have looked up my name, our call letters and the name of our newscast instead of sending out a form letter that wasn't properly filled out.)

-Mike




from: Dirk Goodhair
to: Mike Level, News Director
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 2:18pm

Hi Mike,

I can't believe I didn't include the name of your station or newscast! Duh! I hope you won't hold it against me.

Have you watched my tape yet?

-Dirk




from: Mike Level, News Director
to: Dirk Goodhair
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 3:14pm

I won't. And no.

-Mike




from: Dirk Goodhair
to: Mike Level, News Director
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 3:19pm

When do you think you might watch my tape? I'm really excited about the opportunities there. Trust me, if you hire me you won't be disappointed. May I schedule an interview to speed up the process?

-Dirk




from: Mike Level, News Director
to: Dirk Goodhair
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 6:33pm

Dirk,

I'll watch the tape when I watch it. You will be contacted if I'm interested. I'm not scheduling interviews with anyone until I watch all the tapes.

-Mike




from: Dirk Goodhair
to: Mike Level, News Director
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 6:44pm

Well, I'm going to be in your city next week, so it would be easy for me to drop by. Just give me a time and I'll be there. Trust me, when you meet me you won't want to look any further.

-Dirk




from: Dirk Goodhair
to: Mike Level, News Director
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 7:44pm

Hey Mike,

Hadn't heard back about an interview next week. Lemme know, okay?




from: Mike Level, News Director
to: Dirk Goodhair
re: job opening
date: August 3, 2010 7:45pm

(out of office reply)
I will be gone till further notice.
-Mike




from: Ray Cathode, Assistant News Director
to: Dirk Goodhair
re: job opening
date: August 4, 2010 9:33am

Hello Dirk,

Mike Level has asked me to get in touch with you, as he is on vacation for the next month. As he pointed out, we are not in the interview process right now, and will call you if we are interested.

Sincerely,

Ray Cathode
Assistant ND




from: Dirk Goodhair
to: Ray Cathode, Assistant News Director
re: job opening
date: August 4, 2010 9:44am

So Mike isn't the person screening the tapes? Can I drop by and see you next week then? I assume you've looked at my tape, so can I have some feedback?

-Dirk



from: E.P. Stacker, Executive Producer
to: Dirk Goodhair
re: job opening
date: August 4, 2010 10:33am

Dirk,

Ray Cathode has asked me to contact you regarding our reporter opening. He will be out on maternity leave for two months.

Please direct any further employment related inquiries to Helen Waite, our Human Resources Manager. In other words, if you want a job at this station, you can go to Helen Waite.

-E.P. Stacker



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2 comments:

Hilary said...

HA!!!! Love it

Anonymous said...

Hysterical! Keep up the good work Grape, my co-workers and I love your blog. And we also appreciate you resisting twitter, don't cave in!!