The Shaun is very aware of the very thin line that lies between arrogance and confidence as he seem to flirt with it on a daily basis. Another example of how thin this line can be lies in the cover letter you see above you. This is an actual cover letter submitted along with a resume by an job applicant to several banks and financial firms in obvious hopes of catching someone’s eye. It has been made even more obvious by the fact this letter has gone viral in the weeks after it was submitted, this applicant has definitely gotten attention; just maybe not the attention they desired. Executives from these companies, including the Director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, have passed this on as an example of how NOT to write a cover letter.
The Shaun will not get too much into the letter as it speaks for itself. As one who has experience with applying for jobs and reviewing resumes for potential candidates, The Shaun understands the need to make one’s cover letter and resume unique. In an age where hundreds of people apply for one job, all resumes and cover letters can appear to look alike after a certain point so there is increased pressure on the applicant to think out side of the box to ensure the hiring manager takes the time to review the entire resume/cover letter. However, The Shaun cannot help but feel that this applicant could have went a different direction.
While confidence is a essential trait for anyone looking to be successful in life, regards their desired path, one must be able to express some form of humility. Humility is an increasingly rare trait among those in the public eye in this “ME” age. If one is confident without appearing humble in some way, they are leaving themselves open to appearing arrogant and give off the impression they feel they are superior to everyone else.
Yet isn’t this what the world is teaching us to be in the age of “ME”? Who really can fault this applicant for going there if the over confident man is the one we continue to show as the one who is the most successful? We glorify the Kobe Bryant, Kanye West and Terrell Owens of the world but are naive enough not to expect generations behind them to follow in their footsteps. Even some of our ministers and community leaders have become celebrities as they preach to us about humility as the spotlight shines on their $2300 suits. If we want humility from those in our real lives, we need to openly demand that humility from those in the public eye and stop catering to those who continuous appear to look down on us from their perch of fame and celebrity.
What do you see in this cover letter? Do you see someone that is truly arrogant and thinking they are superior? Do you see someone who is not arrogant and just confident in their abilities to the point they do not mind going into great detail to stand out?
Over the last week, word has gotten around that Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are discussing plans to come together for a multi-city comedy tour. That what you just heard was the sound of your mind being blown from within your head. You might want to get some towels to clean up the mess before your brains leak out of your head.
“I’ve been talking to Chappelle a lot. Been trying to get Chappelle to go on tour,” he told us. Those reports had surfaced briefly in October, but we’d heard nothing since then; is Rock really going to make this a reality? “You know I’m not the hard one,” he said, laughing. “But I’m trying to make that happen. After seeing Kanye and Jay-Z, I was like, ‘Me and Dave should do this.’”
-Chris Rock in an recent interview with Vulture
Apparently Chris Rock has been trying to put this together for some time and was inspired by the recent collaborations of Jay-Z and Kanye West. The Shaun cannot help but get excited for the possibility of two of the most influential comedians (regardless of race) going on tour together. Yet as excited as The Shaun is for the possibility, the probability may be slim as Dave Chappelle’s mere existence over the past few years has been a rumor at beast. Heck, more people have seen Elvis than Dave Chappelle since his show on Comedy Central ended.
It will be truly interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks or months. If Rock has been trying to set this up since October with little response from Chappelle, will the public outcry for such a tour get Dave listening? The scary thought that entered The Shaun’s mind is this…