studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

I offer another cover letter from my esteemed collection of, "How not to get a job!”

If memory serves me correctly, we received this cover letter during the summer of 2000, it has haunted me since. I can get over a lot of the design miscues going on here, because for the most part, it's a pretty straight-forward layout: off-center single-justified column of text, with the name as display, some awkward word spacing, a widow and large body font...fine, whatever. It's the photo selection I'm concerned with. Even after six years, I still can't figure out why anyone would do this, let alone a woman in her early to mid-thirties.

Notice the scoop neck top with her ever so slightly arched back, notice the fully exposed upper thigh, due to the misplacing of her pants, or the pulling up of her dress – I'm really not sure which of those two options would make me feel better about the entire thing. Possible theories I've thrown around: 1) She's artistic, independent and will express herself however she likes. 2) She pissed off her ex-"friend", and while bitter, said "friend" makes numerous phony cover letters sending them to any studio where Leslie might want to work in the future. 3) She fell off her chair as the camera's self-timer went off, and thought the resulting photograph seemed spontaneous and fun. 4) If hired, she offers the employer a "perks package".

If you are a student, you may want to avoid this cover letter concept, mainly because it may end up on a blog someday. I'm open to any additional theories, if you have one, let us hear it.

(I apologize for the poor image quality...the original is a bad ink jet print)

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