I’m in full on job mode. My internship comes to an end in about a month and I really hope to have a new job by then.
I am stuck on the most trying part of the job hunt, getting a foot in the door. History has shown me that when I get an interview, I excel. I’ve been told that I interview extremely well, however I need to actually get the interview. Which means getting the call.
I feel as though I write well, so a cover letter should be easy, but it’s the most trying part of the whole process. I look at my resume and I see a list of what I have done and can do, but I see no personality. My cover letter has been tuned and re-tuned. It’s been reviewed by a dozen or more people for input, but it is still dryer than my cat’s water bowl on a hot day.
My current goal is to make a cover letter worth reading. I want to send this to a potential employer and have them say, “I don’t have any openings but I want this person to work for me!”
How do you do that in just a few short paragraphs while highlighting the your skills? That is the question of the decade, isn’t it?
I used to have a cookie cutter cover letter that looked something like this:
Dear Mr. Employerguy,
I saw your job listed on <insert posting here> for a <list job title here>. I feel I am an excellent fit for your company <list why>.
Job experiences and why they are relevent for 2-3 paragraphs. Blah blah blah.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Here’s a list of my contact information and portfolio.
So now I’m trying to fill it out a bit, make it more me. I write each cover letter from scratch (mostly scratch, the contact info at the bottom stays the same) and attempt to tailor it for each specific employer. Yet I feel I still lack personality and flair.
I’ll continue to spend each Wednesday making it more me and more flavorful as I strive for that interview for the job that didn’t even exist until they found me. That’s not asking so much, is it?