Overqualified is an art project by Canadian writer Joey Comeau in which he wrote a series of cover letters as job applications to companies. The letters were . Overqualified Joey Comeau. ECW Press. 96 pp, $ “No tricks,” Raymond Carver famously advised, to which I always wanted to respond. Overqualified’s cover letters are like a slap in the face, but the slap is Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics “Joey Comeau’s Overqualified is Judy Blume s Are You .

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Put another way, it’s “take what you’re doing already and repackage it in a way that you can sell. My perception of the book was colored somewhat by my previous experience with the cover letters on his Web site.

It effectively combines emotion and action and captures a moment. Account Options Sign in. For example, in applying to General Electric, he describes a memory of him and his brother running up a stairwell at their apartment complex when they were children, stealing the light bulbs from each level, and then throwing them off the top of the building to watch the light bulbs explode below.

During spring break, I was bored and of course looking for a job. I am free all the time now.

This slender epistolary novel is charming. Right up my alley of course, since job hunting and cover letters are near and dear.

Overqualified – Joey Comeau

The writing is very funny, but also dark and a little twisted. He has a degree in linguistics. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? When was your moey x-ray? Father Guido Sarducci and several that followed. The voyeur in me loved it.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. It’s occasionally funny but mostly just sad. A book w 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.


I feel different for having read this. These letters are so much more than a jab at a silly professional custom, together they weave a delicate and Overqualified is a delightfully humorous and surprisingly heartbreaking collection of cover letters addressed to different organizations.

I thought about my own family. You know the kind? Mar 31, Erin rated it it was amazing. It felt like a diary or reading a pile of love letters Like maybe he’s not my friend, because I have been following him around for a very short time, but he’s the friend of a friend.

I expected to love it, but I really didn’t expect to wind up crying by the first 15 pages. He wrote them because he liked to do it and they were good. 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.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. He has, in everything he does, a way of distilling to a few words all the broadness of feelings and sensations that make up an experience.

I wanted to tell prospective employers During spring break, I was bored and of course looking for a job. I have been thinking about sex.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I mentioned the letter that had me in tears, but there are some that made me laugh and others that connected me with my own memories. Short and swift, it needed to be to work and it does, sweetly. I wanted to play up my ability to write in English and three more languages, which, for an artist, is something unusual. Hence, he applies for a linguistics professorship with a two-page, run-on sentence and he applies to Greenpeace with a story about how he got himself overqjalified the eye while trying to watch his own cumshot.


Jan 20, notgettingenough rated it it was amazing Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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You talk about your childhood and your sexual fantasies. It clicked with me in all sorts of overqualifiee, even at the beginning, when I thought I might hate it.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I know what it’s like to get up at three in the morning because you can’t sleep and your life is falling apart and how you log on to a useless shitty social networking site because you’re commeau stressed out and brain-dead Dear Goodreads, I am applying for the position of Advertising Sales Director and I enclose a copy of my resume.

Overqualified has genuine charm and is brilliantly funny overquualified is also far too short. The primary goal of this book is to get laughs.

I was a little disappointed, I guess, that many of the supposed cover letters in the book had no ties to the job being applied for. Do what you think is right.

Make These Machines Mean: Overqualified by Joey Comeau

One can see how this project would be perfect for the web, but by virtue of these letters being collected and bound, the reader brings warranted preconceptions about what the book will do. But my grander narrative hopes for the book aside, Comeau sustains a great jaunt.

Barrett Hathcock is a contributing editor to The Quarterly Conversation. Almost felt dirty for getting into the narrators brain so much and the idea of these letters, so open, obsessive and painful, being sent to HR drones at various soul-less companies completely warms my heart.