I saw this at work the other day - it's a cover letter for a technical position.
My name is [Big Idiot]. I am 26 yrs old. I know my resume isn't so great. I believe you shouldn't judge a person just by looking at his/her resume. If you think about it, if a person has all the computer certifications or degrees, why would he/she bother applying in the first place when he/she bother applying in the first place when he/she should already have a pc job which he/she feels comfortable doing for living? I am applying because I want to get into the computer field doing this line of work for living instead of just doing it on the side as a hobby. If I wanted, I could have gotten my CompTia A+ 2003, Server+, Network+, MCP, MCSA, and MCSE certifications. However, there are hardly any pc jobs out where I live. Even if there were, they required proof of experience working for some employer for certain amoutn of years. That's the problem. I don't have any friends who work in the computer industry who can just pull me in. That's the reason I didn't bother taking the exams for the certifications because I will be bull-shit with at the end. Especially when I am asian myself. People look down at me thinking I am not working enough that's why they turn me down. There do you think people be getting most of their merchandises from? USA? Of course not; most are imported from China, Japan, Korean, etc.
I know the purpose of resumes is so that employers can screen out the ones they want and rid of the ones they don't feel qualified enough. I guess this world is all about impressing others huh? Or should I say lying on resumes to impress employers? I am not full of shit like other peoples. I know the main question employers ask: "Why should I hire you over others for the position?" I believe that if you give me that chance, I can prove myself beyond worthy. I know computers inside and out. I know all the major manufacturers for CPUs (Intel, AMD), motherboards (Asus, Abit, Gigabyte, etc), memories (Kingston, Corsair, Geil, etc). I know everything there is at the hardware and software level. What's the term for someone who knows too much about computers but without the credentials to prove it? A HACKER of course, but I conside myself a white-hat hacker not a black-hat one who does damages.
I'm not trying to brag to anyone. I am just proving that I am way qualified enough; hoping that there is actually someone out there who cares and not discriminate because of one's race, age group, education, or work history.