How to write a cover letter for a “creative” job: show, don’t tell

By Rachel on in Job applications. Permalink.

Too many people, when applying for a job that says “attention to detail is a requirement,” simply write, “I have great attention to detail.”

Show your attention to detail by sending a perfect cover letter and resume with no mistakes.

Too many people, when applying for a job that says “writing skills are important,” just write, “I have excellent writing skills.”

Show them by writing excellently.

Too many people, when applying for a job that requires creativity, say “I am creative.”

Horsepuckey. * Show me. Either write one hell of a creative cover letter or do something outside the box.

Know your audience. A government contractor looking for “creative problem-solvers” may define creativity differently than does the startup ad agency.

To that startup ad agency, a #hireme campaign may be old hat. To that contractor, it may be very creative. Maybe too creative. Think about the skills you’d be expected to use on the job, and use them in your application.

Don’t just say you’re creative. Or a good writer. Or whatever. Show how you are.

*Insert your preferred expletive here.


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