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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:14 am

We're recruiting for a reporter position, so I have been sifting through resumes and cover letters.

One stood out as perhaps the most creative I have ever seen: A take on "Stuck in Lodi," by CCR.

I've conversed with the fellow who wrote this. Alas, because of geography and logistical concerns, he is not in the running for the job.

But he said it would be OK for me to share it with our readers, and I couldn't resist posting this:

Dear Rich,

Just about a minute ago

I set out on the Net

Seeking my fame and fortune

Or any scraps I could get

Things were bad, they got worse

Guess you know the tune

Oh Lord, where is Lodi again?

Seems just about forever

Since I last went to work

Now I'm 50 years old

a failure and a jerk

I'm out of time and money

and down to my last friend

Oh Rich, where is Lodi again?

Once I had big dreams

Thought I was on my way

Now I'm out of unemployment

Could really use some work today

I'll come into town on my knees

Do anything you tell me to

Can you tell me how to get to Lodi again?

If I only had a dollar

For every word I wrote

And every self-important ass

That I was forced to quote

You know I´d build a big old house

And buy me some new friends

And I'd never think of going to Lodi again

Oh Lord, I'd never think about Lodi again.




So my question: Have you received (or come across) any memorable cover letters? What do you think of this one? What exactly goes into a good cover letter? I'd enjoy hearing from you; post to this blog or send a note to me at


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