An open letter to potential employers

Dear would-be employer,

I know you get more people going for each job than you actually have up for grabs, so I thought I’d try something a bit different in the hope of standing out from that pesky crowd.

A month from today, my fixed-term contract is coming to an end. I’ve loved this job and am really rather sad that it’s coming to an end, but I know there’s something else out there for me. Something even bigger and better, I hope – possibly even with you as my new boss – so I thought I’d let you know about what I could bring to a workplace.

I won’t bore you with the fact that I’m an award winning multi-channel editor, journalist and blogger with a decade of experience in a raft of digital and print publications behind me – you can read all that stuff on my LinkedIn profile – so I thought, for now, you’d be interested in reading about the kind of person I am instead.

I make an awesome cup of tea – teabag out before milk in and only after a proper amount of steeping time; there’s no other way. I like a working environment where I can be creative and have a bit of a laugh with people, preferably with BBC 6 Music on in the background.

I’m also the father of two strong-willed little boys, so am no stranger to managing the expectations of key stakeholders and the importance of a disciplined approach to getting things done. And I’m not squeamish either. I don’t take myself too seriously and like to grow a silly moustache for Movember every year.

Despite the aforementioned awards – one for blogging, one for the Twitter presence of a well-known charity I worked for and two top ten places in lists of dad blogs if you must know – my career highlights are definitely not the kind you can readily place on your mantelpiece and lovingly gaze at.

Making my line manager dress up as a cat and hide behind a tree would definitely be one of them, as would putting my shorthand speed to the ultimate test while interviewing the legendary Sir Patrick Moore by a telephone with a broken speaker button.

Being on the front cover of a woodwork magazine, providing my opinion on organic beers and photographed demonstrating yoga poses while dressed like a lumberjack are also worthy of inclusion. Oh, and taking part in a world record attempt.

I can also make myself understood in French and German – and not in an ‘Allo ‘Allo! kind of way either – can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under four minutes and repair a washing machine if it has become blocked by a fridge magnet.

If you have something available with which I could put any of the above skills and personal qualities to use in, I’d be delighted to hear from you. I’ll also bring in cake on a regular basis.

Yours truly,

Tom

22 Comments
  • TRCRC
    January 21, 2014

    Arguably a tad too long, BUT, why not…. Far more interetsing than the ‘standard conventional’ format touted around by the ‘experts’
    Ten out of ten for initiative – That alone, deserves an interview.

    P.S. ……and if no one replies…Would you want to work with ’em anyway…?

    • Tom
      January 21, 2014

      Thank you – I appreciate the feedback and, yes, a sense of humour in the workplace is an essential requirement for me as an employee!

  • Tim (aka Dotterel)
    January 21, 2014

    The job’s yours Tom… whatever it is! If only it were in my gift too.

    • Tom
      January 21, 2014

      Thanks Tim! You must need a PA for all your TV and radio bookings, mustn’t you? 😉

  • Tom @Ideas4Dads
    January 21, 2014

    I’d employ you just for your rubiks cube skills 😉

    Best of luck with the job hunting 🙂

    • Tom
      January 21, 2014

      Cheers Tom! If nothing else comes up, I’ll just keep at it with the cube and see if I can become a pro at that. 😉

  • Me and the tiny three
    January 21, 2014

    If I had a job to give you would definetly get first refusal!
    Hope it works

    • Tom
      January 21, 2014

      Thank you very much – I’ll carry your bags of free stuff at BritMums Live in return for a fiver. Deal?!

  • Stephs Two Girls
    January 21, 2014

    Personally I’d like to challenge you to a tea-making competition, as no-one has ever told me I make a bad cup of tea. Hmm. Maybe they’re all just too nice. Anyhow teabag out first is SO important. Good luck with finding a nice place to show off your skills 🙂

    • Tom
      January 21, 2014

      Thank you. 🙂 Are you going to BritMums Live? If so, I accept your challenge! We can take over one of the refreshment stations and see who makes the best brew!

  • sarah
    January 21, 2014

    that fridge magnet trick is going to get you to the top my friend 😉

    • Tom
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks Sarah! I do hope so. Fixing it by myself was a very satisfying experience, so you’re right – that has to be worth something to a potential employer somewhere!

  • Judith
    January 22, 2014

    You’re hired. I will pay you to entertain me by writing a blog. No, wait, you already do that for free!

    • Tom
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you Judith! Glad it raised a smile. 🙂

  • adayindadslife
    January 22, 2014

    What a fabulously different approach to advertising yourself to not only your current employer but potential employers too. Your a man of many skills and awards too by the sounds of things hope all works out well for you dude.

    • Tom
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you! Well it was fun to write if nothing else – here’s hoping!

  • Dave Dobbs
    January 22, 2014

    Admirable…but…you come across as being “wacky” (yoga, tea, Movember, dressing up), like almost everyone else, and that gets very tiresome indeed. I hope you get a job very soon, though

    • Tom
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks for your feedback, Dave. I just thought it would be a slightly different approach to what is otherwise an arduous and stressful process. I wasn’t trying to sound eccentric, but don’t see a problem with doing so either. Unless you’re a recruiter I’ve applied to, in which case, yes, it made me sound like the kind of person who talks to strangers on the bus in an overly familiar fashion. 🙂

  • Jonathan
    January 22, 2014

    Good luck with your job search. I loved the paragraph about your career highlights!

    • Tom
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks Jonathan. Glad my alternative CV was appreciated! 🙂

  • Abi
    January 23, 2014

    Great idea! I’d definitely employ you!

  • Sammy
    January 24, 2014

    I love this 🙂
    I wish I had the wit and intelligence to have done something similar in my own 18 month search for a job.
    Excellent stuff!

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