Dr Mumbo

‘I find it laughable that you should be lecturing a law graduate’

A lawyer walks into an advertising agency and asks for a job…

From: XXXX
Sent: Tuesday, 2 July, 2013 9:41 PM
Subject: Copy writer

Dear Sir,

I read with keen interest the above mentioned position just advertised in Jobs DB. I am Singaporean and I would be great at this job!

Attached please find Curriculum Vitae attached. As you can see, I have graduated with a 2.1 in law and obtained a merit in my masters in international commercial law. After several years in a mixture of private practice and in-house legal roles, I am keen to make a mid-career switch. I believe the skills I have acquired as a lawyer are transferable and that further, I would be an asset to your organization. MY expected remuneration is $4,000.

My expected salary is negotiable. You may contact me directly on my hp: 9——-.

Yours sincerely,


From: XXXX
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:03:50 +0800
Subject: RE: Copy writer


I have to be candid here , while you have a law degree and have practiced law here, those skills are not relevant for us when we review the suitability of candidates.

Without direct commercial advertising experience, any one starting with us is considered a newbie. After several years of practicing, its not really pragmatic or financially

Feasible for you to consider going back to a first year law grad salary and even worse, what newbie copywriters are paid (which is far lower). It might make more sense

For you to write in to a publisher, SPH or one of the foreign journals that might require a writer with some legal training and ones who can pay a commercial viable

Rate as well?

We generally don’t hire candidates without direct experience and not at $4k either. I hope you do find something suitable.




From: XXXX

Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 15:08:47 +0000


Subject: RE: Copy writer


Dear XXXX,

I find the tone of your email extremely aggressive and unbecoming of any prospective employer let alone one who prides themselves in etiquette and decorum. From an objective perspective, I find it bordering on offensive as well.

Perhaps you should examine you conscience because I think you have some serious issues that is ruining/will ruin your reputation as a professional before you even begin to draft a reply to applicants such as the one below.

FYI Your reply has grammatical and spacing errors as well.

Please do not contact me again. I hope you never get to work in Singapore again if this is how you treat people here who apply in good faith.



Subject: Re: Copy writer
From: XXXX
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 15:31:02 +0000

Goood grief, relaaaax.

Another reason why you shouldn’t be in advertising if you can’t deal with the realities of commercial life. Pardon my candour (and a typical ECD would probably have ditched your CV thinking “who the frikkin’ hell is she kidding?!”), but that’s the realities of life. (In the ad world)

My apologies if my tonality or comments have offended you, and good luck with your job search. Btw, I have never prided myself in etiqeutte and decorum (lesson #2 – its profanity inc in most ad agencies, haha) so I’m not sure where in the world you think I run a deportment school……anyway….it’s a good job market, I’m sure you have plenty of opportunities out there.



Sent: Thursday, 4 July, 2013 11:35 PM
Subject: RE: Copy writer


I am half tempted to report you to MOM and the MP for my constituency.

You sound incredibly young and immature so I find it laughable that you should be lecturing a law graduate with a 2.1 from one of the best universities in the world, a Merit in her Masters in International Commercial Law, years of practice in commercial litigation and financial services.

I think you will probably realize that it is you that has some problems with your job, not me. Do not contact me again,  this is a warning. I will explore appropriate channels to report your unprofessional attitude.



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