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Scott L. Newman

One week 3 days and still no grand baby.  But trying to do more than just waitting. Usual day routing has been get on son's computer and look for work.  Go over and try to clean dauther's pool (it is still green) and bug her on the kid (only kiding).  Now having got that out of the way, it has come to me that I have not shown any geekness about me here.  Just my tail of woe (and I have alot of it, Oh I am doing it again).  Well how about one of my cover letters:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing in hope of finding an IT job with your company,hold on don’t hit delete yet).

I have over 20 + years experience in "IT". Hey, take chance on me because, after you read

my resume/career description, (I am confident of my skills and my passion for work in

technology) it will show that I can be a match for any "IT" position at your company.

I would bring to your company a broad range of skills, including:

2.5 years Wan/Lan Network experience on large Cisco based Wan

20 years experience MIS/DP

18 years experience as technical Help Desk support

18 years experience with PC/Server based system, intranet and internet systems

10+ years experienced on: Microsoft Office, Windows XP and Data Network Fundamentals

Strong trouble shooting skills

Very experienced on working with customers on problems

Working experience with Remote Access (VPN/SecurID)

Skilled in getting and creating documentation for Operation procedures

Multiple software languages

I would welcome the opportunity to further discuss any position with you. If you have

questions or would like to schedule an interview, please contact me by e-mail at I have enclosed/attached my resume for your review

in my application and I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for taking a

moment to consider my cover letter and resume. I appreciate how busy you are.



Scott L. Newman

Posted on Saturday, August 1, 2009 5:04 PM | Back to top

Comments on this post: No Grand Baby yet

# re: No Grand Baby yet
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Nothing that you put qualifies you for more than the entry level help desk support person or the offshore support person.
Helpful hints:
- Concentrate more on leadership verbiage. After 20 years you would be overqualified or overpaid to be normal support under most circumstances, but they may be looking for someone with leadership skills.
- Experience doesn't mean anything unless you can show "what have you done for me lately?"
- Spell out the software languages that you know.
You may want to look for opportunities to lead, and there are positions to manage the Indian outsourcers, be the point of contact for the business, or do code review.
Left by Scott on Aug 02, 2009 4:52 PM

# re: No Grand Baby yet
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I don't know why I am even commenting on this, but something about your plight just bothers me...

Based on this sample of your writing, I would strongly encourage you to seek out a professional resume service. You may be fantastic in "IT" (quotes, seriously??) but it will never come across in this random brain-dump of a cover letter.

I don't say this to discourage you, but to maybe help you see how you are presenting yourself to potential employers. With this much experience, I think you deserve a chance...
Left by mpeterson on Aug 29, 2009 1:35 PM

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