Worst work experience email ever?

Today brought what can only be described as the worst appeal for work experience with a newspaper I’ve seen in two decades of working in a newsroom. It is a genuine application – in case you were wondering – and I wanted to share it, verbatim, missing caps and all, because I still can’t quite believe someone thought this would be sufficient.
Names have been removed to spare blushes (honestly, I am too nice sometimes):

hi my name is *** i will love to no if i can do my work X there at the [newspaper title] will u ask your boss for me if i can cal u get back to me plzz asap thank u m8t 

 The email address was equally great – an abbreviation of the applicant’s favourite football team, with the phrase ‘badboy’ tacked on the end.
When I was a junior reporter, a long-suffering and kindly sub gave me my own spelling book so I could note down and correct my many errors. I suspect even he would be a bit thoughtful at the prospect of tackling this applicant’s shortcomings.

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About Alison Gow

I'm a journalist, particularly interested in story-telling, networks and digital innovation.
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10 Responses to Worst work experience email ever?

  1. What is the world coming to. Oh dear I'd never dream of writing something *that* awful.

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  2. Heheh, that is a corker! I sometimes get emails from wannabes asking for work experience (they seem not to realise that, as a freelance, I work from home and am not insured to have them in my house) and I'm frequently shocked at the poor quality of their English. I get a fair few in txtspk but I've never seen one quite as bad as that, though. Gobsmacking.

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  3. wow, that is like amazin. U shud give them a job now dude, they iz da future

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  4. Sarah says:

    And we wonder why there is youth unemployment.

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  5. Nicola says:

    I once worked with a hotshot video editor (in his opinion) who subtitled a film in this style. Coming soon to a cinema screen near you…

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  6. Jon says:

    I get an alarming number of comparably illiterate requests from people who are taking, or have recently received, media or journalism degrees. Which is one of the many reasons why I automatically distrust media and journalism degrees.

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  7. Shocking. What annoys me is that this guy probably WILL get a media job somehow. Amazing.

    It does annoy me though that people like this sully the degree I worked hard at for three years. For shame…

    Meh, let's just give him Jan Moir's job!

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  8. Daniel says:

    Someone once tried to get a reporter's job on the newsdesk at the Morning Star newspaper (I was news ed at the time) by sending in a tatty envelope covered in scrawled, barely-legible left wing slogans, and supposed qualifications (“was once friends with a local NUJ official”) with an even-less legible address on the back. It contained two stamps. Nothing else.

    Despite such thinking outside the box, he was not added to the shortlist.

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  9. Aimee says:

    That is quite appalling. To give them some credit, it does stand out – but presumably not in the right way! And Jon – not all of us with journalism degrees are completely illiterate (though I have, of course, run this comment through a spellchecker…just to be sure…).

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  10. regeya says:

    When I applied for my current job, one of the other applicants had turned in a canary legal-pad resume, with one of their strengths being their “attenton to detale.” At least it was in production rather than copy editing…

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