Job, schmob – I need a career…

POST #5: Call the police! (Actually, don’t.)

It’s a big decision. It could make me look bad. Do I tell you about it? Do I risk public humiliation? Do I undermine everything I said in my “I should of got my spelling write” post? To hell with it, why not.

I’ve done something bad.


In the midst of a spectacularly boring day at work (I was subtitling an episode of Jeremy Kyle called something like, “Are you the father of my sister’s baby?” and Kyle was being even more self-righteous than usual) I applied slightly halfheartedly for a job I didn’t especially want. It was a copywriting role, admittedly, which is one of the things I want to do (hooray) but it was underpaid and not in a sector I’m interested in. It was one of those “apply for the hell of it” jobs, to stop me crawling up the walls. So what’s so bad about that? Well, let’s take my first sentence, shall we?

“I wish to apply for the position of Copwriter which I saw advertised on…”


Now, much as I do have desires to write a rollicking good thriller when I retire, I’m not sure that an insurance company in Colchester is going to be very interested in that. I did spot my error immediately after I hit send and emailed them to correct myself, but by then the damage had inevitably been done.

So what’s my lesson? Well, there are two: take my own obvious but useful advice and check my spelling before I hit send and, importantly, only apply for jobs I give a monkey’s about. Lesson learnt.


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  1. Copwriter. More NYPD Bloo(per) than Colchester cool.

    Not to worry. If you weren’t interested then it wasn’t going to be a valid exercise anyway.

    Keep smiling and singing!!


    Comment by Sacha | December 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. Classik!

    I’m sure that if it had been a job you really wanted you would have run your professional eye over it again and seen the mistake. Better luck next time!

    Comment by Chris | December 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. In your boredom you invented a new job. Think about it. It could be your subconscious vocation. Supplying a demand hitherto unnoticed, admittedly, but it could have legs. Catchphrases for our boys in blue. Hard hitting one liners to whoop the hoodies into shape. Disarming snippets to foil the thugs. Rhyming couplets to calm difficult situations. Genius

    Comment by Kath | December 21, 2009 | Reply

    • I like it! So perhaps… Stop it – don’t cop it! ..or.. ‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello – don’t be a pain the ASS-BO! ..or when they’re at the end of their shift and want to do away with the niceties… Bein’ a dick? Get daaan ver nick!

      Comment by Ashley Morrison | December 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. The makings of a new hit TV series right there..”Copwriter, Morrison” or something ^.^ Just teasing. I’ve done poorly timed typos before too. There are probably CEOs that forget to run a spell check 🙂

    Comment by ilkhan28 | January 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Ooh, I like that! Maybe I’ll make it my middle name: Ashley Copwriter Morrison…

      Comment by Ashley Morrison | January 30, 2010 | Reply

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