As a second-semester senior, I suppose I’ll be writing quite a few cover letters, but for now, there’s only one: the last one.
I’ve written cover letters before, but they’ve all been written off in a flurry of productivity. This one? Well…
I just finished (read: 2 hours ago) a cover letter for an internship that I would absolutely love love love to get and I agonized over it! I went to my university’s career development center to discuss the process with them. I wrote multiple drafts. I got my friends to read it. I sweated and cried over every sentence.
And I sent it. Finally.
Well, with a few complications, but that’s another story…
Anyway, what I have learned is that cover letters are some of the most stressful parts of job applying. You need to hit that fine line between informational and personable, highlighting the best of your skills/resume, without actually repeating what’s in your resume. And you must do all of this in about 300 words.
Oh, and if you’re applying for an editorial internship/job (like me), not only does every little spelling and grammar detail have to be absolutely perfect, or risk being dismissed as inept, but the writing has the onus of needing to be engaging. Granted, this may happen with other jobs, but for any job in the writing industry, it is infinitely more stressful.
Which is why I am now watching The Little Mermaid and eating chocolate, trying not to obsess over what I may have done wrong.