I appreciate this wonderful opportunity that you have afforded me. It was wonderful to see your clearly written job description, and I am eternally grateful to have finally located a company that was willing to be clear about what their expectations were as well as the salary. I was even more pleased to note that the salary was actually commensurate with my experience, instead of offering me half of what I was worth knowing that I had little choice in the matter.
You cannot imagine how few companies exist that do not understand the nature of job-hunting for professionals that, due to their current position have little to no time to seek advancement.
I was pleased to speak with your representative, who knows what the job entails and what my expectations should be. You would be shocked to discover that in most companies HR does the hiring and knows just about as much about IT as my dog. I was very excited to learn that your company has a comprehensive and fair “on call” policy, with excessive overtime being repaid by way of time off.
In this day and age it was a pleasant surprise to see that you rewarded individuals with appropriate bonuses and a comprehensive retirement plan on top of the usual benefits that people have grown to rely on (medical, dental, etc).
During the interview process, when you allowed me to socialize with your employees to learn more about the company I was shocked. Few companies have confidence in their employee’s perspective, and this helped with clearing up any confusion and laying it right out on the table. I am inherently distrusting of companies that are unwilling to be up front and forthright about the treatment of their employees: If you let me talk to them before accepting the job, you must not be afraid of what they have to say.
During the interview process you didn’t ask me about my personal hobbies because you don’t care what I do when I’m not at work. You didn’t ask me any stupid questions or take me out to lunch to see if I seasoned my dish before I tasted it. You did your due diligence in reading my resume`, so you knew exactly what I could and could not do. You didn’t waste my time by saying, “All of the resume`s look the same, so we just bring in the top five people and see who’s a good fit”. It was nice that you asked me relevant questions about my experience, and that you trusted my opinion of my own abilities (combined of course, with the ability to prove what I know).
I was pleased to notice that you respected honesty and forthrightness enough to actually include them in your corporate policy. Preventing people from moving up the ladder through deception was a phenomenal decision, and I applaud your willingness to go “against the grain”, so to speak.
I realize that this letter is a bit longer than should be necessary, but I just wanted to let you know (as someone that has played this “game” more than once) that even if I had not gotten the position, your company has endeared itself to me. For that I am eternally grateful.
R. James Petersen
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