A Brief Cover Letter Intro

Andromeda Galaxy photo

Someone once counselled Stephen Hawking that each equation he included in his book, “A Brief History of Time” — the sort of book that he hoped would sell well in airport bookstores — would halve its sales.

The following two opening paragraphs were the introduction to a cover-letter-C.V. assignment for my favourite Slovenian IT super-brain in the whole galaxy, and meant to intrigue an IT-specific Irish recruiting agency.

Dear Irish IT Recruiter,

Someone once counselled Stephen Hawking that each equation he included in his book, “A Brief History of Time” — the sort of book that he hoped would sell well in airport bookstores — would halve its sales.

It is my intention that the cumulative effect of the 42 equation-like, technological acronyms, from ASP.NET to XAML, that you will find in my attached C.V. — the sort of C.V. that I hope will sell well to a handful of flourishing IT enterprises — whether their universe is books, bookstores, airports, history, time or thyme, will equate to a kind of antithesis to Dr. Hawking’s dilemma.

The toughest part of this job was determining where one acronym ended and the next one began. It was the closest thing to rocket science I’d ever written until I had occasion to coach an otherwise stellar NASA writer on the difference between writing in the first and third person.

Andromeda Galaxy photo by Guillermo Ferla at Unsplash

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