FCI Students Get Career Advice: “Let’s Remember That the Word ‘You’ Is Not Spelled ‘U'”


Culinary school students tend to graduate with an overly confident sense of their own kitchen prowess — such is the effect of being awarded a diploma for learning how to carve potatoes into little footballs and making unbreakable hollandaise sauce. But as the latest career services bulletin from the French Culinary Institute illustrates, apparently there are some lessons you can’t teach in the kitchen. Like common sense.

Apparently, applying to a job, even in a kitchen, requires more than just showing up to an interview and cleaning under your fingernails beforehand. As this missive demonstrates, it also requires being able to write real words and sentences.

“You might find this crazy to read,” goes the FCI bulletin, “but it has come to our attention that some students and alumni are using texting conversations when applying for jobs. The advent of email arguably made the job application process a bit less formal than the old fashioned method of a formal cover letter and resume submission. Cover letters are still necessary but have become a bit less formal when sent in the body of an email (usually with the resume attached). That said, it is absolutely inappropriate to communicate with a potential employer using abbreviations common to text messages (let’s remember that the word “you” is not spelled “u”). Everyone is connected these days. Use your smart phone to your advantage so you can communicate with potential employers on the go and without delay. Don’t use it to cut corners in your communication. First impressions say a lot and attention to detail is very important.”

All of which is true. But given the acts of grammatical homicide so many chefs commit on Twitter these days, you (u?) could almost forgive impressionable students for thinking this sort of thing is actually OK. The lesson here is that it’s not — until, of course, you have your own restaurant, and are under the impression that members of the general public will overlook your grammatical crimes because of your culinary mastery. In the meantime, try cooking up a clue. And remember to wash your hands.

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