Overqualified: A recent example


To: Human resources, Worker's Compensation Board
Re: Adjudication Manager.

I am a recent graduate from a doctorate program in nursing, and I am enclosing my resume for your review. It details the numerous internships and volunteer work that I have performed in the satisfying field of Adjudication, and I hope that it reflects my complete and utter devotion to the field. I have long admired the severe and final adjudication handed down by the Worker's Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, and I think that I will be happy working for you.

Though you will find that none of my previous jobs have been directly related to adjudication responsibilities, I think I can show that I do not lack experience. I have often taken the initiative upon myself, adjudicating with neither the knowledge or the thanks of my superiors.

A recent example might help to demonstrate my dedication to the true justice that is adjudication: While working as an intern at the Victoria General Hospital, my job was to process dozens of applications every day for one of our hospital's more expensive procedures. These applications were filed, and eventually passed on to the hospital adjudication board. In order to lessen their load, and to help them in the sorting process, I made it my personal mission to dispose of those proposals which were clearly unsuitable and constituted a waste of their time. I worked as an unofficial adjudication screener.

While there, I averted an awkward situation where the adjudication staff would have had to decide between two patients, both in dire need of treatment. The first patient was an elderly man of ill repute. Let me be perfectly clear when I tell you that he was a vagrant. He signed his name with an X, and he stared openly at the breasts of female patients. I have often seen him while Saturday shopping, sitting on the side of the road jingling his change jar at people as though he deserved their money. As though it were owed him!

The other patient was a young man from the local university; An upstanding citizen with his entire life ahead of him. He smiled at me with genuine charm, and I wondered to myself if he might not one day be walking those halls as a doctor himself. He was a lovely young man. I wouldn't be able to consider myself a human being if I were to pass both applications on to the adjudication board, where both men would be reduced to their names, where they might be considered as equals.

Adjudication of that sort should be handled by the people who actually deal with the patients, by those of us who have seen these vagrants spitting on the ground. It should be the responsibility of people who are more equipped to decide where the money would be better spent. You can imagine which of the two I chose, and it is upon this faultless sense of adjudication which you will be able to rely when I am your employee.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my resume, and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

You may contact me by email or phone.

Yours,

Joey Comeau.