Strong as a bear, fast as a train: Toronto bar gets unusual, emotional cover letter

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Poor grammar is frequently cited as a reason to discard a job application, but the enthusiasm and emotion in a cover letter dropped off at a Toronto bar made it worth a second look.

Posted to content-sharing site Reddit by a bar employee under the headline “We were all willing to cut our hours just to hire this guy”, the letter was reportedly left at a bar in Toronto.

The letter writer, from South Korea, said customer service was the best work of his life and said he would work without pay if necessary. Where it is customary to describe past experience and relevant skills, the job applicant writes: “I have brave fight to wild bear. I have strong arm lift to wild bear. I am so fast more than train.”

While it doesn’t sound like there is a position for him at this particular bar, his energy, attitude and willingness to compromise on pay might seem like a good deal to some.

“Unfortunately there was literally no position for him. My co-workers and I seriously considered calling him up just to take him out for drinks, though,” the poster said, also quipping: “He's in the right country for bear fighting."

  • Jane on 2013-02-09 4:28:42 AM

    He probably used google translate.

  • Alicia on 2013-02-08 3:27:31 PM

    We are so put off by someone who offers to work for free! Yet volunteering is embraced, encouraged to take up by those seeking work experience and socially acceptable...

    Will someone tell me the difference?

  • Saba on 2013-02-09 6:06:23 PM

    Work without pay makes the employer look bad. Volunteering is considered a better way of saying it. We just have to be politically correct.

  • Ruben Benmergui BA, MIR, LLM, CHRP on 2013-02-11 12:01:52 PM

    There is a huge difference between volunteering and "working for free". It's a complex issue. If you "work" for free there are considerations of Worker's Safety and Insurance issues, Employment Standards Act issues, Pay Equity issues...Employee vs Volunteer issues.etc..etc..In union environments, the issue of work of the bargaining unit..

    There is no doubt these stand in the way of providing opportunities for those seeking work. Such relationships must be carefully structured (i.e. locums, internships, co-op placements).

    Not so simple....

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