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    Hey all,

    I recently have been applying for loads of work experience placements (Especially on the aviation side of things, like at my local airport etc) and I've been turned down for a few, which is of course to be expected, but one letter from a firm that turned me down specifically caught my eye.

    I'm known for being quite well spoken and very good with English skills, and therefore I ensured my letters were of the highest standard. However, I recently god a letter from an engineering company saying that they only accept letters written by the applicant themselves, and not by parents/carers for the applicant to claim as their own.

    Let me reiterate that I wrote this letter myself and they turned me down for having a high standard of English language knowledge. This is actual generalization, and I am actually kind of glad that they turned me down, because I don't want to work in a firm that disgustingly generalizes young people. Just goes to show, discrimination does exist and it does happen.

    I am going to keep apply until I have a choice of businesses.

    Thoughts, TSR?
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    (Original post by ReTopic)
    Hey all,

    I recently have been applying for loads of work experience placements (Especially on the aviation side of things, like at my local airport etc) and I've been turned down for a few, which is of course to be expected, but one letter from a firm that turned me down specifically caught my eye.

    I'm known for being quite well spoken and very good with English skills, and therefore I ensured my letters were of the highest standard. However, I recently god a letter from an engineering company saying that they only accept letters written by the applicant themselves, and not by parents/carers for the applicant to claim as their own.

    Let me reiterate that I wrote this letter myself and they turned me down for having a high standard of English language knowledge. This is actual generalization, and I am actually kind of glad that they turned me down, because I don't want to work in a firm that disgustingly generalizes young people. Just goes to show, discrimination does exist and it does happen.

    I am going to keep apply until I have a choice of businesses.

    Thoughts, TSR?
    It is probably because the letter doesn't represent your character and personality - it might seem overly formal (for example you may have used an abundance of polysyllabic lexis just to sound impressive).
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    (Original post by Amefish)
    It is probably because the letter doesn't represent your character and personality - it might seem overly formal (for example you may have used an abundance of polysyllabic lexis just to sound impressive).
    What you don't understand is that I write like that on a daily basis, I wasn't doing anything I wouldn't usually do on a day to day basis (Except for texting etc), so I wasn't doing anything unusual, but then again, how do they know that.
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    (Original post by ReTopic)
    What you don't understand is that I write like that on a daily basis, I wasn't doing anything I wouldn't usually do on a day to day basis (Except for texting etc), so I wasn't doing anything unusual, but then again, how do they know that.
    Maybe you do, but many people will think it sounds superficial and doesn't reflect you properly. Plus, using some less complex words will make it easier for the reader to quickly scan through.
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    (Original post by ReTopic)
    Hey all,

    I recently have been applying for loads of work experience placements (Especially on the aviation side of things, like at my local airport etc) and I've been turned down for a few, which is of course to be expected, but one letter from a firm that turned me down specifically caught my eye.

    I'm known for being quite well spoken and very good with English skills, and therefore I ensured my letters were of the highest standard. However, I recently god a letter from an engineering company saying that they only accept letters written by the applicant themselves, and not by parents/carers for the applicant to claim as their own.

    Let me reiterate that I wrote this letter myself and they turned me down for having a high standard of English language knowledge. This is actual generalization, and I am actually kind of glad that they turned me down, because I don't want to work in a firm that disgustingly generalizes young people. Just goes to show, discrimination does exist and it does happen.

    I am going to keep apply until I have a choice of businesses.

    Thoughts, TSR?
    Clearly your English skills are not that good if you say this is discrimination and a generalastion
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    (Original post by Amefish)
    Maybe you do, but many people will think it sounds superficial and doesn't reflect you properly. Plus, using some less complex words will make it easier for the reader to quickly scan through.
    Alright, I get you. I'll downgrade next time.


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    Clearly your English skills are not that good if you say this is discrimination and a generalastion
    Not to be rude but before you criticise my English, check your own (I.E Generalastion isn't correct). Plus, discrimination doesn't have the set meaning that the media portrays it to have, discrimination can come in many different forms, such as targeted bullying.

    Anyway, I'm not here to argue with strangers over the internet, thanks for your thoughts.
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    (Original post by ReTopic)
    Alright, I get you. I'll downgrade next time.



    Not to be rude but before you criticise my English, check your own (I.E Generalastion isn't correct). Plus, discrimination doesn't have the set meaning that the media portrays it to have, discrimination can come in many different forms, such as targeted bullying.

    Anyway, I'm not here to argue with strangers over the internet, thanks for your thoughts.
    im not the one saying i have 'very good English skills' am i? and in what way is discrimination, they simply said they accept letters written by the applicant themselve
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    (Original post by CraigBackner)
    ... in what way is discrimination, they simply said they accept letters written by the applicant themselve
    but this was a letter written by the applicant himself, and which they supposed as written by his parent/carer because he is a young person [and the young cannot write like that]. Suppose that an ethnic minority fellow were asked at interview, and with reference to his covering letter, "did you have someone help you with this?"
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    (Original post by cambio wechsel)
    but this was a letter written by the applicant himself, and which they supposed as written by his parent/carer because he is a young person [and the young cannot write like that].
    yeah ok the company made a understandable mistake, but in what way is it discrimination?

    (Original post by cambio wechsel)
    Suppose that an ethnic minority fellow were asked at interview, and with reference to his covering letter, "did you have someone help you with this?"
    yeah ok so?, they could just as easily ask someone who isnt an ethnic minority the same question
 
 
 
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