Have you ever come across, and I bet you would have definitely come across chain mails many times in your life.
In India, given its religious background , and a clamour for temple trusts of various Hindu Gods to top the lists and spread the word, there existed a campaign of sorts to get people to pray to the Deity at a particular temple.
As a child I remember a post card delivered to us by the postman which read
‘In the name of Lord Venkateshwara, do NOT ignore this letter. ( Mind you this was a hand written post card!) .
This letter carries the blessings of the Lord, which will be bestowed upon you if you send this letter out to another ten people you know and give them the privilege of seeking the Lord’s Blessings. But mind you, DO NOT ignore this letter.
Mr. Ramesh, received this letter( post card being synonymous with letter), and threw it in a corner, completely disregarding it, with no respect for the lord whatsoever. In a weeks time, he lost his job. He soon realised his folly, and told his wife to search for the letter, rewrote it on ten other postcards and sent it to ten addresses from his address book. Within a fortnight he was employed again, within a bigger company and higher salary.
Mrs. Sharma, tore the letter and threw it away, within a week her son got pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital. She too realised her mistake and wrote down what she read from the letter and sent it out to 10 more people. He soon recovered and she is happy again.
So within the next three days, send this letter out to ten more people or be ready to face the consequences.’
Indians are very god fearing, or at least the earlier generation was much more than the current generation, Out of fear my poor gullible mother, rewrote 10 postcards and duly posted it within the ‘three day deadline’ lest my father be rendered jobless or me and my sister catch pneumonia!! and thanks to that we never faced those dreadful circumstances.
Its been many years since that letter and post moved on to email, the emails were the same, but more easily executed at the press of a ‘forward’ click.
But nowadays, it’s almost completely wiped out. No more mails about the Lords and their blessings. Maybe a stray mail, once on two years , but never more than that.
So much so that after years of pursuing a fulltime, permanent job, with no luck, I have decided to start the chain mail again. Which will read as follows:
‘ To whom it may concern,
My name is J. I have 5 years of experience..blahblah….
please find attached my CV, but mind you DO NOT ignore this mail.
Mr. X, read my CV and deleted it, within a week he lost his job.
Mr. Y, read the CV and said I didn’t match the job profile, he is now in hospital after a bad leg injury.
Mr. Z, read my CV and called me for an interview, He soon got a promotion,( Unfortunately I didn’t get the job but that’s beside the point!!).
So in case you don’t think you have a befitting role for me, send this CV to 15 more recruiters within the next two working days or be willing to face the consequences!!
Well, now lets see how many responses I get ! haha