Formality at the Pink Cow?

Weird.  I thought the Pink Cow was a sort of informal site for foreigners to try to get a job.  The last time I had a job interview through that site, I wound up at a Starbucks, explaining my history over lattes.   As a result, I wound up applying to another position with one of those “Enthusiastic” letters that I thought was what they were looking for.  Instead I got this in the mail:

> We regret to inform you that your application for 'XYZ'
> has not been accepted for further consideration by the
> employer. After reviewing your application, the employer cited the
> following reason:
> * I will not accept an application from anyone who uses words like "Heck"
> to start a sentence telling me how great they are. It points to a lack of
> professionalism, and a lack of understanding.

Well I guess it’s fair, but unfortunate.  I decided to point out the odd incongruity between the response and the venue for the original message.

To whom it may concern,

I was somewhat confused this letter I received.  I deeply appreciate the
need for professionalism and formality in a workplace, having been a
project manager for several years.  However I was under the impression
that "The Pink Cow" was an informal job opportunities forum, and as such,
any employer was looking for enthusiasm (rather than formality).

As much as it would be nice if I could take my previous letter back and
prepare a more formal letter, I do consider the fact that you didn't
bother reading my resume to indicate a serious issue with the environment
in your recruitment section, if not throughout your company.  If 2
University degrees, 5 years of work experience, a can-do attitude,
self-motivation and enthusiasm for the position is dismissed because of a
misunderstanding over a cover letter, I believe you will not find the best
candidate for the position.

I realize it is the middle of a recession, and that the job pays decently,
but it is generally the case that the best talent is attracted to a
nurturing, happy environment - not one fraught with frustration (which I
sensed in your curt response).  You will end up with a good programmer
(there are a lot of them in Tokyo), but you will not get the best.  This
may not be a problem at the beginning, but when you begin to suffer issues
with non-reusable code and short-term solutions, I believe you will have a
greater appreciation for the difference.

Enclosed is a link to the website at which I tendered my message, and the
image at the top of the page.

Enough said?

Sincerely wishing you the very best in the future,
Jawaad Mahmood

P.S. - I hope you don't mind if I pass this along to (XYZ - The company's owner), I am curious
as to how he reads this (especially in light of his recent blog articles
about cutting costs.  You might be up for a promotion, come to think of it
- I'm sure the Pink Cow is a lot cheaper than Careercross and Daijob!)

Sad that it ended like that.  However, if the recruitment place has a stick in its rear, I probably am better off looking elsewhere.  Should have done a grammar check on that damn letter though :sick: