Cover Letter for a Sexist LinkedIn Job Posting

Though there's no universe in which I would actually apply for this job.
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“Please note that the Position requires filling in the responsibilities of a receptionist, so female candidates are preferred.”

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To Whom it May Concern:

I’m writing this letter in response to the available Content Writer & SEO Specialist position you posted on LinkedIn. Attached is my resume.


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I’m currently working at a feminist pop culture website called The Mary Sue, which has been fine so far, but it challenges me a bit too much. It’s a wonderful company to work for, but due to it being a mostly-female work environment, we’re expected to do work that women shouldn’t really be doing. I’ve been asked to do things like edit other people’s work and contribute story ideas, and it’s all been a little taxing. So when I saw the part in your post where you mention that “the Position requires filling in the responsibilities of a receptionist, so female candidates are preferred,” it was clear to me that yours was a company for which I wanted to work.

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I’m also including a photo of myself (see above). After all, whenever I’ve seen job postings like this on Craigslist, for example, they’ve always requested photos of the female assistants they’re seeking out. I hope my photo is up to your standards.

I have to say, however, that I was a bit confused by some of the other requirements. You want the woman you hire to write website content and be able to converse with clients about what they need? I mean, far be it for me to question your judgement, but isn’t that men’s work? I mean, I’ve seen Mad Men. Men are the ones who handle the accounts (unless they’re for lady things like lipstick or panty hose), and women do the secretarial stuff. And Peggy Olsen is an anomaly, and she’s never gonna get married. I don’t care how it ended with her and Stan, so…

I have to wonder…did you have a woman write the job posting? Did she maybe not know what she was doing? Because it seems like Vestra Inet is a company that knows the difference between “women’s jobs” and “men’s jobs.” I have to imagine that whichever woman you entrusted to type this up got something wrong.

In any case, I look forward to speaking with you soon about this wonderful opportunity. I look forward to hopefully answering Vestra’s phones, and getting your coffee.


Teresa Jusino

P.S. – you know this is sarcasm, right? I’m just clarifying, because your job posting was so stupid you might have missed it, so I’m telling you now. This is sarcasm. And your job posting is asinine.

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.