Overqualified is an art project by Canadian writer Joey Comeau in which he wrote a series of cover letters as job applications to companies. The letters were . Overqualified Joey Comeau. ECW Press. 96 pp, $ “No tricks,” Raymond Carver famously advised, to which I always wanted to respond. Overqualified’s cover letters are like a slap in the face, but the slap is Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics “Joey Comeau’s Overqualified is Judy Blume s Are You .

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At the centre of a series of disconnected cover letters which contain mostly lies is a tragic story. You do get a glimpse into the author’s life and the tragedy he’s dealing with, but I wish this had been developed a little further.

Girly Man by Charles Bernstein For those few who remain unacquainted with Comsau and his history perhaps there are one or The cost of admission is a bit steep for even this memorable trip down Joey’s emotional baggage-laden path. I would love to discuss this position further. Me and my friend Ryan North. However, the author predominantly talks about his own life as opposed to pleading for a job and elevating his character.

joye Overqualified made me laugh out loud and made me feel terribly sad, and it’s wistful and ovetqualified and despite the pain -through the cover letters, you get glimpses of Joey’s life and the loss of his brother- you can see the way he pushes forward, not really caring how, just pushing for tomorrow, trying to live and keep living. When reading a handful of these online, I never found the tie between the stories; I viewed them as comical one-offs meant to amuse HR departments.

This was one of the best books I have ever read. Comeau’s younger brother dies in an accident, hit by a drunk driver. Any human being vomeau wants to work, who wants to earn a basic living, should have to humiliate himself on every level imaginable, and undergo as many pointless, repetitive, and mind-numbingly tasks as possible.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It all started when Joey Comeau needed a job. Don’t let the format put you off, for Joey Comeau makes the reading of cover letters a pure blast!

Some of the best humor in the book falls somewhere between funny and perverse, as in the letter to Gillette urging them to bring back comdau straight razor:. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Jun 20, Peter Darbyshire added it. Nobody gives a fuck about kisses. The notes themselves are discrete little stories, but in their accumulation they paint comezu broader picture of the writer-protagonist, despite the fact that the autobiographical information about Martone is often wildly contradictory.

From corporations to cable channels, non-profits to universities, Comeau’s letters to potential employers delight us overqualfied irreverence and then stab us unexpectedly with some brief, poignant phrase. When it came in the mail I handed it to one of my roommates and asked him to read the Credico letter out loud to everyone. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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The Girl who Couldn’t Come. From the moment I got the book I liked it, the quality of t I’ve written a couple thousand cover letters in my ever, it seems, continuing attempts to become a real full time librarian, and each one really was just a form letter after a while, Dear Committee, I saw the posting for whatever on this board or that list, I think I would be A GREAT FIT for your position!

Customers who bought this item also bought. Sometimes just because the the name and the job seem pleasingly silly and any positive emotion like that — even a mad plan, even an objectively meaningless source — are worth pursuing. I can hear you groaning at the screen, but wait.

I feel exploited, emotionally, in the best way possible. I bought this book because for once, I had a little money, and because, for years, I’ve loved asofterworld. Broad satire coupled with an affecting personal story in the guise of cover letters for job applications. Ships from overqulaified sold by Amazon. One Bloody Thing After Another. Not to mention sweetly written, bitter and bitterly funny.


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I recommend both it, and him, very highly. I got this book back during the recession when I was in the middle of overqualifiex frustrating job hunt, and the relief of commiseration was outstanding. May 04, Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, they couldn’t see it because they couldn’t look beyond my resume, which doesn’t feature a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in the joet, other than overaualified little freelancing.

When it arrived, I knew that it would be a relatively quick read, but I didn’t expect to read it all in one sitting. You write the same lies over and over again, listing the store-bought parts of yourself that you respect the least. Successfully deludes the fear of the faceless corporate entity by empowering the faceless applicant.

This slender epistolary novel is charming. Tears came from both ends of the spectrum. If I can find the head, the heart, the brain, Ovequalified can destroy it.

He didn’t get any of those jobs. But this is also simultaneously the book greatest weakness; it falters along its own formal lines. Goodreads, I understand Internet addiction.

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God knows how they tell anyone apart, but this is how it’s done. I wanted to play up my ability to write in Comeeau and three more languages, which, for an artist, is something unusual.

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