Best. Form letter. Ever.

So far today, four people have reported getting this enticing form letter fail in their email this morning. Below are two examples of Samsung rep “B.G.” earning his recruiting fees:






Though in a way, Travis said, ”ย I kind of appreciate the directness [..] no attempts at weird flattery (you came highly recommended to me through a colleague!)”

It’s all about increasing the top of the funnel and total transparency: We might be looking at the future of recruiting here.


Michael Buffer is a Recruiter Now?

Most recruiting emails don’t make me laugh out loud just from reading the subject. This was not one of those emails.

Offer letter fail

A lot of the fails on this blog come from form letters. They’re so tempting! How else are you supposed to store a company document that needs to be consistent across positions, but will need data filled in each time?

Actually… a “mad-libs” style form letter builder with error checking before print would be a nice weekend project. Patent pending!

Oxford commas aside, you’d think this offer letter would’ve made the cut of documents that get the once-over before sending… but not so. This comes from a friend who recently got a job offer on the east coast.ย And lest this seem trivial: it did make the candidate laugh at the company for such an obvious mistake, send it around to his friends, and wonder – just a bit – how interested they actually were.

We all make mistakes. But hiring managers, take note: there’s no amount of all caps, colors, etc that will do the reminding for you 100% of the time. Without a double-checking process outside of the document itself, it’s just a ticking time-bomb.

Offer letter fail

A VC high-fived one of the founders

Sent in by alert readers @NachoSoto and @Quan on twitter! I’m happy for the founder of this startup [and clearly this blog is pro-high-five] but surely there are better ways to pitch it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll let the screencap speak for itself:

Classic Form-Letter Fail

Short but sweet one this week, sent in by alert reader John:

The dangers of making a form letter for your mass-spamming needs: the more eye-catching you make your ‘remember-to-fill-in-the-blank’ text, the more awesome it is when you inevitably forget anyway ๐Ÿ™‚


Repetition Recruiting Fail

This one is short but sweet, sent in by alert reader @joshsmith on Twitter.

Persistence is the key to success, but you can always have too much of a good thing.

Maybe switch up the wording a bit when you’re spamming your twitter followers for days? ๐Ÿ™‚

Plagiarism Fail

Click to see Pinterest's careers page, then find the "Product Designer" position

Click to see CBS Interactive's strikingly similar job description

If you’re going to copy and paste from another company’s job description, you should probably at least change that company’s name to your own…
For the tl;dr crowd, this screenshot sums it up: