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ISBN13: 9781550228588
ISBN10: 1550228587
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Overqualified's cover letters are like a slap in the face, but the slap is hilarious, and you can't stop laughing, and as soon as it's over you want to tell all your friends about the slap. You know the kind? — Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics "Joey Comeau's Overqualified is Judy Blumes Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret as chewed up and spit out by J. G. Ballard. . . . A book whose melancholy is leavened by a surprising hilarity.” — Paul Di Filippo, author of The Steampunk Trilogy and Cosmocopia Cover letters are all the same. They're useless. You write the same lies over and over again, listing the store-bought parts of yourself that you respect the least. God knows how they tell anyone apart, but this is how it's done. And then one day a car comes out of nowhere, and suddenly everything changes and you don't know if he'll ever wake up. You get out of bed in the morning, and when you sit down to write another paint-by-numbers cover letter, something entirely different comes out. You start threatening instead of begging. You tell impolite jokes. You talk about your childhood and your sexual fantasies. You sign your real name and you put yourself honestly into letter after letter and there is no way you are ever going to get this job. Not with a letter like this. And you send it anyway.

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Told entirely through job application letters, this starkly humorous story follows Joey as he halfheartedly looks for a job. With his younger brother Adrian in the hospital after being hit by a drunk driver, Joey cant seem to muster up the energy or focus to properly market his prior work experience. While writing cover letter after cover letter, using all of the right marketing buzzwords, something in Joey snapsthe letters become less about gaining employment and more about emotional release. Anecdotes about his childhood, his hopes and fears, his girlfriend, and his family's response to Adrians hospitalization fill the space meant for education, references, and applicable skills.

About the Author

Joey Comeau is the author of Lockpick Pornography and Too Late to Say I'm Sorry, as well as the popular web comic A Softer World. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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MeganK, March 27, 2009 (view all comments by MeganK)
Composed of outrageously truthful cover letters, Joey Comeau's "Overqualified" simultaneously makes you want to punch a brick wall and worship the ground this guy walks on. Comeau's voice is sharp, almost profane, but there's a soft underside of complete and utter honesty about his words. There's an initial rebellion to the bluntness of the main character, and an instant empathy as the hidden undertone peeks through. Joey Comeau has a way of getting himself into the minds of anyone who's read his work- don't be surprised if you're writing a blog-esque autobiography in your next cover letter.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781550228588
Author:
Comeau, Joey
Publisher:
ECW Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Job Hunting
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
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No Series Information required
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in 0.34 lb

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Told entirely through job application letters, this starkly humorous story follows Joey as he halfheartedly looks for a job. With his younger brother Adrian in the hospital after being hit by a drunk driver, Joey cant seem to muster up the energy or focus to properly market his prior work experience. While writing cover letter after cover letter, using all of the right marketing buzzwords, something in Joey snapsthe letters become less about gaining employment and more about emotional release. Anecdotes about his childhood, his hopes and fears, his girlfriend, and his family's response to Adrians hospitalization fill the space meant for education, references, and applicable skills.

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