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Sloth nation: America has taken laziness to new lows
NY Post ^ | January 29, 2011 | Leslie Gornstein

Posted on 01/30/2011 6:21:25 AM PST by lowbridge

“I’m ready to offer my services for ur project. Contact me at ur earliest convenience 2 arrange for interview. Thanks in advance for ur consideration.”

That’s a real cover letter from a real person claiming to be a real professional, who thinks she can get a real job. The letter was fielded by publicist and trend-spotter Richard Laermer, who gets so many of these he collects them and, when asked, forwards them to reporters for fun.

The letter “just made me shake my head till it nearly fell off.” But it isn’t rare. In fact, Laermer says, it’s typical.

“Lazy is the new professionalism,” he says.

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KEYWORDS: america; coverletter; employment; interview; job; lazy; nation; professional; professionalism; project; publicist; reporters; resume; skills; skillset; sloth; vocabulary; work
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1 posted on 01/30/2011 6:21:28 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

I’m simply stunned to silence. I can’t even laugh it’s so mindblowing.


2 posted on 01/30/2011 6:25:14 AM PST by bronxville
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To: lowbridge

I fear for R future


3 posted on 01/30/2011 6:26:32 AM PST by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-reader is a Judas Goat, leading the American sheeple to the slaugherhouse /Parmy)
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To: lowbridge

Not in my world. The fastest way to never get a raise again is to type this crap in inter-company email. No one’s tried sending it to a client yet.

I have a QA manager who thinks “thx” is OK.

One of my kids started using “u” and got grounded.

It’s not laziness. It’s stupid.


4 posted on 01/30/2011 6:26:39 AM PST by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: TheZMan

Where I worked not that long ago, it was somewhat accepted.

It drives me crazy personally.


5 posted on 01/30/2011 6:27:49 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: TheZMan

Where I worked not that long ago, it was somewhat accepted.

It drives me crazy personally.


6 posted on 01/30/2011 6:27:55 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: lowbridge

“Lazy is the new professionalism,” he says.”

Compared to where? France?

I drive two and a half hours just to reach my job and get home every day. The sorry bunch of thugs I work for monitors every minute, and makes us take vacation for family emergencies and sick time for leaving fifteen minutes early for a doctor visit. We are on salary, not a time clock. Anything that happens pushes one way, towards management. Their refrain is very much like this article, “You are lucky to have a job.” They actually told us that in a recent seminar.


7 posted on 01/30/2011 6:27:59 AM PST by Luke21
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To: lowbridge

At least the writer did not misuse you’re.


8 posted on 01/30/2011 6:28:56 AM PST by monocle
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To: Luke21
Their refrain is very much like this article, “You are lucky to have a job.” They actually told us that in a recent seminar.

Just curious, what's the turnover rate?

9 posted on 01/30/2011 6:32:13 AM PST by bcsco
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To: Luke21
“You are lucky to have a job.”

Or conversely you are not lucky,so far, to have found a different job.

10 posted on 01/30/2011 6:32:35 AM PST by BipolarBob (Even the earth is bipolar.)
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To: lowbridge

ur

you’re

I’m estimating that was .25 extra seconds of work. Definitely worth losing a job over....


11 posted on 01/30/2011 6:35:08 AM PST by Soothesayer (smallpox is not a person)
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To: Luke21

I had a wacko PHB-ette who castigated me over going to a specialist once a month out of town and I needed to leave an hour early. I had the time to use but it didn’t matter to her. One day I had some really bad muscle spasms and I was walking around like Frankenstein and she just looked at me and gave a “so what?” look.


12 posted on 01/30/2011 6:36:20 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: lowbridge
Another trend to the direction of ugly, is the outsourcing of recruiting and hiring to outside agencies. Most companies now do this. They contract with an agency, staffed by persons who have scant knowledge of organizational needs, skill-sets needed, or what considerations need to be explored beyond a "list". They use filtering software of resumes to keyword identify potential candidates from pools of resumes. They don't even read them. All they do is keyword filter them.

The days of showing your face and selling yourself are gone. The days of networking with peers and associates to get the first interview are gone. I worked at a company that issued an email telling current employees that any referals had to be direct between the potential candidate and the agency 600 miles away. Failure to do so would result in disciplinary action.

13 posted on 01/30/2011 6:38:18 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Luke21
You are lucky to have a job.”

The company my husband works for told them the same thing when they questioned bennies being cut, pay being cut, etc.

14 posted on 01/30/2011 6:39:43 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: lowbridge

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The practice began with the telegraph when charges were by character and brevity was desirable. It was holy grail by the Navy. Be brief in correspondnece....... not with abbrertiviations necessarily but with succinct writing. That too was the result of Morse encoded communications.

More recently, much business and all international business was conducted by telex. Telex was expensive but the only recourse. I still use the salutation rgds short for Regards or Best Regards in e mail.

The piece noted is the current generation picking up the old ways and even expanding them in text messags. The writer is illustrating a knowledge and mastery of current communications. Texting was hard and reduction of characters speeded the message. The new phones allow much easier typing but the old abbreviated way survives.

Then there were the hams. They communicated by Morse and developed a whole language of short cuts. The Q codes allowed a series of 3 characters to convey a message.


15 posted on 01/30/2011 6:41:37 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Luke21

Well, you are lucky to have a job.


16 posted on 01/30/2011 6:43:44 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: lowbridge

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The practice began with the telegraph when charges were by character and brevity was desirable. It was holy grail by the Navy. Be brief in correspondence....... not with abbreviations necessarily but with succinct writing. That too was the result of Morse encoded communications.

More recently, much business and all international business was conducted by telex. Telex was expensive but the only recourse. I still use the salutation rgds short for Regards or Best Regards in e mail.

The piece noted is the current generation picking up the old ways and even expanding them in text messags. The writer is illustrating a knowledge and mastery of current communications. Texting was hard and reduction of characters speeded the message. The new phones allow much easier typing but the old abbreviated way survives.

Then there were the hams. They communicated by Morse and developed a whole language of short cuts. The Q codes allowed a series of 3 characters to convey a message.


17 posted on 01/30/2011 6:43:52 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: ModelBreaker

“Well, you are lucky to have a job”

It depends on what skills you have. Their are still some fields where highly skilled employees are in demand.


18 posted on 01/30/2011 6:46:22 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: bronxville
The sad part is that it's only a matter of time before those types of cover letters and resumes will be the norm courtesy of the socialist centrally planned economy.
It will be considered un politically correct to discriminate on the basis of skills, education or ability.
19 posted on 01/30/2011 6:46:51 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: ladyvet

The nose to grind stone senario is not new today....it happens whenever there are employment contractions. During my first real job in the early 60’s, when we had a recession, I was late for work one day by about ten minutes. The Ex VP called me in, actually grabbed me as I was heading past his office, and asked me what was the problem? I had none, just said I missed my alarm. He pointed to the outside of his window where people were bustling about and exclaimed: everyone of them is looking for your job, got it? Yes was my answer and I was not late again.


20 posted on 01/30/2011 6:47:58 AM PST by Mouton
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To: monocle
At least the writer did not misuse you’re.

Your very observant.

;-)

21 posted on 01/30/2011 6:50:06 AM PST by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: lowbridge

Rise of the illiterati.


22 posted on 01/30/2011 6:52:51 AM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Mouton
Oh I know. It is what it is. You want the job, you play by their rules.
23 posted on 01/30/2011 6:53:00 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Mouton

On time for work is at least 15 minutes early.


24 posted on 01/30/2011 6:53:04 AM PST by blackdog
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To: bronxville
I’m simply stunned to silence.

It can also be spelled "stuned." Why waste the extra keystroke? :-)

25 posted on 01/30/2011 6:56:23 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: blackdog

My company does not use outside recruiting agencies. In fact, managers are expressly forbidden from using outside sources. I’m torn in my reaction to this policy as I think both can be of value depending upon the situation. I do respect the company’s intent and the fact that they network within the organization for new hires and try to promote from within.

I routinely review resumes in my position and my Manager asks me if they are worthwhile to schedule an interview. Unfortunately, most of the resumes I see are complete crap. It’s not necessarily the job experience, but the quality of the writing itself - bad grammar, spelling errors, etc. I’ve even scheduled interviews with candidates who obviously needed a job and they just didn’t show up or called with ridiculous excuses.

So yes, I have to agree that laziness is a real problem in certain segments of our work force in our society. Laziness and surprisingly little mastery of basic English and math.


26 posted on 01/30/2011 6:58:20 AM PST by khnyny (What exactly is a CDO??)
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To: bert

A couple of nights ago I was channel surfing and ran across a night show (Leno?) speed contest between Morse code hams and texters. The hams won hands down. Much faster than texting! The kids who were up against them were flabbergasted.


27 posted on 01/30/2011 6:59:08 AM PST by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
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To: All

There was also short hand that secretaries used in the old days, and more recently brief hand became poplular. For those of you not familiar with it, briefhand uses the alphabet, but eliminates most of the vowels and has a set of one letter abbreviations for commonly used words: “The” becomes e, and of becomes f, etc. They actually taught briefhand cources when I was in college in the 1970’s and a lot of students took the course so they could take class notes faster.


28 posted on 01/30/2011 6:59:56 AM PST by Flamenco Lady
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To: lowbridge
I work with the military and while I think nonsense writing like that in the article would be stopped in its tracks, I get annoyed at how many people conclude their e-mails with "V/R" for "Very repectfully."

What's so difficult about typing the words "Very respectfully?"

You can even set it in your auto-signature.

"Brgds" for "Best regards" bugs me, too.

OK, I'm done venting one of my pet peeves. :)

29 posted on 01/30/2011 7:02:04 AM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: lowbridge
Perhaps when I retire, I'll teach English as a second language, to a generation with text/Facebook as their first.

Seriously though, we had the same kind of dichotomy when I was in college. We dressed like ditch-diggers for three and a half years and then donned suits for our job interviews in the last semester.

Similarly, if the people doing the hiring continue to discard this nonsense, the applicants will have to comply with the prospective employer's standards. So today's and tomorrow's "yutes" will need to understand enough grammar, punctuation and vocabulary to get through all the written portions of the job application process.

By the way, my protest against this kind of laziness is to spell out words and use proper grammar when I text or IM. Takes a bit longer but it makes me feel like I'm fighting back.

30 posted on 01/30/2011 7:03:54 AM PST by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: bert

The current practice is from typing on very small keyboards to write text messages on phones. That and inventing new abbreviations so your parents won’t know what kids are texting.


31 posted on 01/30/2011 7:09:32 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: blackdog

I see you worked for Ray too! Yup, on time was not at the top of the hour, the top of the hour meant in place and ready to begin. Same at closing, the top of that hour found you beginning to put your stuff away, not at the door.


32 posted on 01/30/2011 7:09:32 AM PST by Mouton
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To: lowbridge
There are a couple separate issues in this article that need to be separated out:

1. With respect to the food that doesn't need to be pealed, so what? That isn't a sign of laziness anymore than its a sign of laziness that we don't chop our own wood and build fires to heat our homes. If a capitalist can sell pealed fruit cheaply, great.

2. The real issue is a breakdown of self-discipline. In part it happens in any wealthy culture. The population loses its drive. But it doesn't have to happen quickly—Rome lasted for centuries as a wealthy superpower. In our case, the 60s resulted in culture that told everyone it was OK to not take care of yourself. Obesity is part of the problem—being fat isn't looked down on. But as bad as it is, that is the least of our problems. A fat person can still support himself or herself (no pun intended). The worse problem is people who think they don't have to work. And I'm not just talking about people on Welfare or public assistance. I'm talking about adult men and women who mooch off their parents or spouses or others in their lives to live the life of Riley. People in their 20s and 30s who live with their parents. Men who are long term unemployed and perfectly happy to have their wives support them.

Then there is the professionalism issue. Most people should be embarrassed at the emails they send. I know smart people—one a managing partner at a law firm who makes well into the six figures—whose emails look like they were written by a six year old. Same with work around the house. Not to stereotype but it seems that older people are more likely to fix smaller problems around the house than younger people. Young people just don't want to put the effort into fixing a toilet. Same with cleaning. I'm shocked by the number of middle class people I know who have someone clean their houses. Cooking too—younger moms would rather take the kids to McDonalds or some other restaurant than take the effort to cook.

It all adds up to personal and ultimately, national decline.

33 posted on 01/30/2011 7:12:30 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: freedumb2003

Funny


34 posted on 01/30/2011 7:14:07 AM PST by onona (I've played)
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To: Flamenco Lady

The short hand your refer to is stenography. I won awards in high school because I could take dictation by stenography so fast. I think my fastest was 100 WPM where I could type it back, but thats been 30+ years ago.


35 posted on 01/30/2011 7:14:20 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: freedumb2003

I blew it....

u r funny


36 posted on 01/30/2011 7:14:32 AM PST by onona (I've played)
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To: Dilbert56

How do you handle it when you are interviewed and your cover letter and resume are well written. Your speaking skills and vocabulary are superior. Your test results from the test they gave you indicate perfect scores in math, critical thinking, and language / comprehension. The problem to handle is that they now think you won’t work well as part of a “team”. The team members would think you come accross as an outlier.


37 posted on 01/30/2011 7:16:41 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Mouton

I learned that at a very young age. I also learned that in todays society, those who are late for work on a regular basis live the closest to the place of their employment. The ones who are always on time live the most distance.


38 posted on 01/30/2011 7:20:15 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Allegra

In my view, V/R should be replaced with “respectfully” and “very respectfully” should always be spelled out. Most emails that I receive that end with V/R have some trivial topic and are not being sent to upper management or have some other reason to have a very respectfully close.


39 posted on 01/30/2011 7:20:23 AM PST by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: lowbridge

OMG WTF LOL. NO YOU CAN’T HAS APPT. KTHXBAI.


40 posted on 01/30/2011 7:21:52 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

In regards to your point #3. I have young women friends who are just now learning to cook and they are late 20’s-early 30’s. They were never taught to cook. One young woman I’m thinking of, said her mom had her in ballet, gymanastics and other after school stuff so she would be ‘well rounded’ but because home ec wasn’t offered in her high school, she never learned to cook. Some of it is probably lazy, heck most of it might be lazy, but some may be ingnorace of how to do things. Especially if the young one’s mom was out ‘succeeding’ in the ‘real’ world of work.


41 posted on 01/30/2011 7:22:05 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: Flamenco Lady
I took Gregg Shorthand in high school. My top speed was 160 words per minute with perfect transcription.

It was extremely helpful in college. I wrote draft term papers this way, too.

42 posted on 01/30/2011 7:22:33 AM PST by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: lowbridge

LOL her resume has been PWNED!


43 posted on 01/30/2011 7:23:13 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: palmer

I have never used V/R in closing any emails. I don’t use emoticons nor shorthand like “LOL,” except with VERY close friends who I would josh with in RL and even then I use them sparingly.

How people can’t discern the difference amazes me.

V/R

FD2003


44 posted on 01/30/2011 7:25:04 AM PST by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-reader is a Judas Goat, leading the American sheeple to the slaugherhouse /Parmy)
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To: blackdog
How do you handle it when you are interviewed and your cover letter and resume are well written. Your speaking skills and vocabulary are superior. Your test results from the test they gave you indicate perfect scores in math, critical thinking, and language comprehension,

Don't forget, "if your a minority",,, very important in today's world. Skill sets needed to hire them are very different.

45 posted on 01/30/2011 7:26:30 AM PST by MrPiper
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To: bert

73


46 posted on 01/30/2011 7:27:21 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: lowbridge
WTF - is this post about revenge of "the English Majors" and "oh so superior' journalists? Gimme a break.
47 posted on 01/30/2011 7:30:54 AM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - World Disaster Map)
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To: lowbridge

The “Scooter” phenomenon is particularly galling. I can’t turn on the TV anymore without seeing a commercial for scooters (subsidized by the taxpayer, of course). Do these fat people actually think that riding a scooter will help them? What about walking or (G-d forbid) taking the stairs? Yeah, its effort, but that’s kind of the point.


48 posted on 01/30/2011 7:32:11 AM PST by rbg81
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To: Vor Lady
Dear Vor:

My mother never taught me how to cook, either. I laughingly told my husband that he had to introduce me to the kitchen appliances when we got married.

I'm not a big eater, and have a limited diet for medical reasons. Nevertheless, I learned. Trial, error, cookbooks, and starting simple, I learned.

Dinner last night? Homemade apple bread, roasted chicken with herbs, roasted cauliflower with garlic, and buttered mash potatoes with parsley.

Tomorrow? Chimichangas from scratch and corn bread with green peppers.

When I cook now, I have my daughter join me in the kitchen. She peels vegetables, mixes the batter, tells me where to trim the fat off the chicken. She can identify when something is unedible and how to pick out fresh food. When spent most of our winter break baking cookies, sticky apple cobbler, and banana nut bread. The house smelled great, we worked well together, and every ate like kings!

49 posted on 01/30/2011 7:33:00 AM PST by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: TheWriterTX
My top speed was 160 words per minute with perfect transcription.

Should have told the boss to switch to decaf.

50 posted on 01/30/2011 7:34:28 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Jubtabulously We Thrive!)
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