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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Every letter is important in a job application letter

When I was an intern in the newsroom of the Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y., the city editor made a show of depositing into the circular file every job application that was sent to "Binghampton."
The lesson was not lost on me.
Now, as managing editor, I receive dozens of unsolicited job applications a year, and dozens more in response to specific postings. I've been trained not to dump applications but to save them for a couple of years.
Well, the two years are up for the "Dear Ms. Picus" letter from a job applicant who had written directly to The Saratogian's human resources manager. The problem? Her last name is Pickus, with a K.
If you can't proofread a cover letter for a job in a newsroom, what hope is there for you as a reporter writing on deadline? (A sloppy application letter is a bad sign for any job, actually.)
The Picus letter is now in that big circular file in the sky, with all the would-be reporters in Binghampton.


Blogger Tucker said...

This from someone who, in this blog, has published some of the worst grammar and syntax imaginable over the past months.

August 18, 2010 at 7:38 AM 
Blogger Fresh Ink said...

Every editor needs an editor, and we all make mistakes. I'm grateful when an error is pointed out so that it can be corrected.

August 19, 2010 at 5:22 PM 

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