Who would you give the job to?

If you’re an overseas doctor seeking to work in an Australian hospital it is vital to make a good first impression. This is not always easy to achieve. The following are verbatim excerpts from the application letters of overseas doctors seeking to put their best foot forward.

I wish to apply for an opening of a Resident Medical Officer at your hospital

Dear respected Sir could you please insert me in the most appropriate place

I have acquired clinical skills that can match any other doctor who have more experience than me

Respected Sir/ Madam, Writing you this correspondence gives me immense pleasure

I am an ambitious team player and have good regulatory compliance

Responsibilities — psycho education and execution of the patient

I am well confident now in Resuscitation

I am seeking a working slot in your hospital and will provide your hospital with a highly prolific doctor

I believe that the services I will render to you will be source of pride for you in coming future

I possess a very good command over English language as can be seen

Eagerly waiting for a positive response from your kind end

Who would you give the job to?

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  1. says

    Hahha. Wow. Though a part of me feels guilty for laughing as I am sure that my attempts at professional letters in Afrikaans, Punjabi, Portuguese, etc. would be complete gibberish (even with the help of google translate).

    “You kind end” has style but I like the confidence and warm fuzzies that come from the “source of pride” one. It hits me in that place where tearful Oscar acceptance speeches do.

    At least the insertion one is hoping to be inserted into an appropriate place, as opposed to an inappropriate place.

    Hell, I’d hire them all.

  2. Guru says

    Hmmmm dono wether to laugh or feel for these people. I would be equally interested in reading the formal job applications that the local graduates write (true un edited version).

  3. says

    Writing a CV or applying for a job is a strange process. Especially if you are a naturally humble or unassuming person. Let’s face it, there has to be a little bit of blowing one’s own trumpet -- who hires the person who says ‘well, I’m pretty average overall’? However, the mixture of the need for self-promotion with the challenge of writing in one’s second or third language can make for comical reading. Surely one can find the output amusing without laughing at the person?
    However, I would highly recommend doctors writing applications for jobs overseas to get skilled help to avoid creating works of unintended comedy!… Even those who ‘possess a very good command over English language as can be seen’.

  4. says

    Respected Sir/Madam,

    I am writing this comment in deepest indignation at the irreverent tone of your post. I feel disgusted and disabused by the aforementioned article, and ask you herewith, to immediately take the required actions to remove it forthwith from your blog.

    I am a native citizen of a country with English as my second language, yet a magnificent specimen of the medical fraternity, with immense knowledge of theoretical subjects and core practical skills, and good-looking as well.

    It has been my earnest endeavour at the workplace to be meticulous in my work, sure about my decisions, kind and attentive to my patients, and a valuable asset to my team. And I make delicious tea.

    I have experienced no problems insofar as concerns employment at Walmarts, and hereto forward expect the same at a big teaching hospital and research centre. I have bought an appropriate necktie for the occasion and look forward to a long and fulfilling career in Medicine, contributing my mite to clinical research and the overall improvement of healthcare in the world.

    Therefore, in conclusion, I feel that your article in question is unjust and improperly biased against the language skills of overseas doctors. Our English is immaculate. Your conception of it is not.

    Thanking you,
    Yours faithfully,
    Dr. bluetoothbuddha MD

  5. says


    I’m sorry you dislike Australians so much. Nearly all of the LITFL team have come to Australia from other countries and we have to disagree with your stereotypical conception of Australians. Like anyone of any nationality, Australians have a range of personality characteristics and behaviours.

    I think your comment that “This post goes to show the prevalence of racism in Aust. Medical workforce” is dead wrong. This is not to deny that there are problems with racism in Australia -- history doesn’t lie. However, I would argue that this post has nothing to with racism -- it would be equally funny if was in French, Arabic, Hindi or Mandarin and written by people with a less than perfect command of those languages regardless of nationality. Indeed, most of my attempts at communicating in other languages are fertile grounds for comedy. Apologies for any offense taken,