"Cover letters" are an interesting concept.
As is the idea that they are the "bar" by which hiring companies decide if YOU are an interesting concept.
And every time I go to write one, I'm either one extreme or the other. I'm either
1) "F-yes! I got this. Gonna knock this sh*t out of the park and blow their socks off with me."
2) "OMG. Why the F do I have to write this? Just look at my resume and see if you want me."
And maybe that's a "me" thing.
Or perhaps it's how many people feel about having to include a cover letter when hunting for a job.
Now don't get me wrong...I totally understand the reason AND need for them. Companies want to see who they are dealing with, and by way of a one-pager, they believe they can screen out the unwanted quickly.
Here's my gripe with cover letters, though...
You're giving me one first-impression shot to awe you. And I'm one of those that dazzles a bit more once -- and as you continue to -- get to know me. As well as, as I get to know
or whatever it is.
Do you know what I mean?
Like for those of us that are
anxious by nature,
OR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE TRADITIONAL WORKFORCE AND RAISING BABIES FOR WHAT FEELS LIKE A BAZILLION YEARS,
it can be hard to wow a potential employer in 200-1000 words --
EVEN THOUGH WE ARE F*CKING SMART!
Let alone very well knowing that you might not be impressed that, for the better part of the last decade, I've proved I can
keep a clean house,
keep kids alive,
get a crapton of laundry done in a day,
cook like motha',
help with homework,
transport all over Timbuktu,
and keep my witts about me.
And so I'll be passed over because I haven't "worked" in nine years.
I wrote three books, sure. But I self-published them, so you say to yourself, "Anyone can do that."
I got into law school, and that's impressive. But I dropped out, and that's not so impressive.
I've got a pretty diverse-professional background, but all you read into that is that I'm someone who's a bit "all over the place."
I'm applying for things I'm under-qualified for because I'm a dreamer, and why the hell not.
But you think, “why the hell are you applying???"
I don't know about this whole cover letter business.
I just feel like you don't know if you like a chocolate unless you get a good taste of what you're working with, of what's on the inside, and I just do not believe that having to summarize
who I am,
what I've done,
and what I can do
informative yet concise,
cleverly delivered paragraphs,
realllllllly tells you who I am.
Perhaps it does, though...I don't know.
I just know that who I am and what I have to offer is a longer conversation and one that I likely won't get to have since we won't make it past the cover letter.
Forgive me, folks.
This was a spontaneous ramble.
Now I need a Bramble.