Friday Fun Links 1/18/13
Cheers to the weekend … here’s another round of Friday Fun Links!
I’m a big fan of honesty, humor and/or quirkiness in a cover letter. In my experience, 90% of cover letters are robotic, formulaic and self-congratulatory. If someone can show a spark of creativity, then I’m way more apt to give the resume a look. For instance, check out this rather blunt cover letter from a college student looking for a summer internship at an investment bank. After going viral, I’m sure this honest kid picked up an internship rather quickly!
Fresh off being named one of MSN Money’s “5 most-hated companies in America,” Facebook has announced a new product this week called Graph Search. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it’s a search engine that is “designed to show you the answer and not links to answers.” Still in beta, the product will allow Facebook users to sift through the wealth of data on Facebook to answer detailed questions like: “My friends in Minnesota who like Mad Men” or “Single women who like the Beatles and Beethoven.” I’m skeptical it will become much more than a mildly creepy dating tool, but it’s a potentially significant development nonetheless, for a company currently struggling.
Hipsters, a subculture of fashionable, contemporary design-loving, independent music-listening hippies … or so they say. The website, unhappyhipsters.com, riff off the generalization that hipsters are awfully lonely in their modern world and add humorous loathsome captions to stock photography. Here are a couple of my personal favorites:
And finally, here’s a fantastic clip of the Rat Pack performing with Johnny Carson in 1965. Who knew he could sing!