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2011 September 8
Posted by mo mckibbin

The Job:

I Want to Hire a Captain for My charter business (Juneau, Alaska)

Date: 2011-08-13, 11:19PM AKDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]


I am hiring a Charter Fishing Whale Watching Captain for August/September 2011 tourist season in the Juneau, Alaska area. Must have USCG captains license, CPR, First Aid, drug screen per Coast Guard regs, ETC,

Call Grant 907-723-8472 grant ‘at’


My Cover Letter:


I call myself Mo, but you can call me Ishmael (haha), and I am writing to express interest in the Charter Fishing Whale Watching Captain position per your ad on Craigslist. I consider the open sea my home away from home, and I know I would make a perfect captain for your whale watching tours. What I may lack in acute whale knowledge, I enjoy in tremendous whale enthusiasm.  I have read Moby Dick four times. I love the way Melville weaves together his narrative with Shakespearean literary devices, and utilizes anthropomorphism to project Ahab’s own evil and malign intent to ruthlessly hunt and kill onto the great white whale.  I hope to one day find a whale that possesses human instincts and characteristics, but I realize this aspiration as wishful thinking.

In addition to my affinity for Melville’s great American novel, I also spent several years working for Starbucks. I am completely aware this Starbuck is not the same chief mate depicted in the novel, but many times while making coffee for patrons at Starbucks I imagined myself making coffee for sailors on a whaling ship. I noticed you require US Coast Guard captain’s license to operate your Charter boat. I am not certified by the USCG, but I found a website that will certify me online.  An excellent test taker, I am certain I will earn my certification in no time. Although I may not be certified yet by the USCG, I have sustained some seaworthy experience spending one summer taking sailing lessons in Lake Arlington at age 11.  While Lake Arlington is a manmade lake with very few authentic aquatic animals, I believe the sailing skills I learned that summer translate well to the open ocean.

 I would like to know your decision to hire me sooner rather than later, as I am coming from Chicago and plane tickets continue to increase in price the longer I wait. Unless, of course, you would be open to some sort of relocation compensation.  Additionally, might I suggest opening a location on Lake Michigan? Expanding to Lake Michigan would be most convenient for me, in which case I would recommend relocating the whales.  I do know marine life to exist in Lake Michigan, but I’m not sure if it’s much for watching, at least enough to sustain a consistent client base.

I have attached my resume for your review, and I look forward to discussing my qualifications further in an interview.

Thar she blows! (Just a little whale joke)

Mo McKibbin

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  1. elyse permalink
    September 9, 2011

    Hahaha….oh man. I took sailing lessons at Lake Arlington too. I think I’ll probably apply for this position as well…

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