Day #13 of the challenge: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny, serious or creative as you want.
To my future employer.
I'm glad you have given me this opportunity. I'm sorry that it took so long for us to come together. I don't have any excuse. It's taken me a long time to get here. I've sent out hundreds of job applications with very little response....the number of interviews I've had since finishing grad school I could count on one hand. The job hunt has been tough; I've suffered from depression, my self esteem taking a blow with each application that garnered no response; or even worse, getting an interview, thinking it went well and then never hearing a word....not even a courtesy "no thank you". I truly wondered if there was something wrong with me. I wondered if it was my personality, my lack of experience, my lack of desirable skills, did the fact that I have a Masters Degree make me seem overqualified or too expensive to hire? I may never know the answer to that question and honestly I'm not sure I want to know.
The day I received word from you that you'd like to extend an offer of a position to me lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. Finally someone is willing to give me a chance! I wish I could promise you won't regret hiring me, but that's a lofty thing to promise. Neither of us can predict how this working relationship will flesh out. I'd like to assume the best. I will promise that I'll put in all I can into the position, but remember that this is my first "real world" job and this is all very new to me. I'm going to have a lot of questions, I'm probably going to screw stuff up (but never intentionally), I may come off as rude or stand-offish, but believe me that comes out of fear...fear of doing something wrong or not knowing how something is done...this job is a big change for me. Up until now my perception of the working world has been "Can I scan your frequent shopper card for you?" and "Would you like me to bag that?" Going from that to a corporate environment with salaries, cubicles and wearing business attire is a culture shock to say the least. I hope that you understand I'll need time to adjust and become comfortable in this new surrounding.
But don't think that I'm not going to do my job. When I do something I give it 110%. I'm not above doing menial tasks like stapling papers together or filing reports, because it needs to be done by someone and if I'm the one to do it then so be it. I hope that with time and effort from both sides that our working relationship can turn into something productive and have a positive impact on the company. I want to thrive, to grow, to learn, to discover who I am as a member of the work force.
Oh and one more apology...Unless the world ends, I'm sorry but you are stuck with me for the long haul....I hope you like hearing about Disney and Doctor Who.
Your newest employee,