Author Archives: Rachel

Buy the book(!) and a FREE cover letter Twitter chat tomorrow!

By Rachel on in Housekeeping

Hi loyal readers! Cover Letters for Creative People is now available for purchase! This week only, it’s 50 percent off if you visit this link. ALSO, tomorrow I’ll be hosting Jackalope Jobs‘ #Resuchat on Twitter. If you’re looking for an entry-level job, … Continue reading

Why It’s So Hard To Write A Good Cover Letter, Reason #43: Bad Advice!

By Rachel on in Rage, What not to do

Are you trying to write a cover letter, but you’re stumped? Have you looked for advice online? Yep. You’re in trouble. I realize what a position it puts me in, as a person giving advice online, to say you should … Continue reading

What Do Employers Want In A Perfect Candidate? Yep, It’s That Cover Letter.

By Rachel on in Job applications

If you’re wondering what is going through an employer’s mind when you apply, read no further than Giraffe Resume founder Eric Olavson’s post detailing the top ten qualities of a perfect applicant. Yes, interviewing well is required (#5 and #6), … Continue reading

It’s (Not) All About You

By Rachel on in What not to do

Saw a cover letter recently that made me cringe, so, of course, deconstructing it on this blog is the way to go. So the writer cannot be located/identified, I’m only going to pull out snippets from said letter, and of … Continue reading

A Huge Misunderstanding

By Rachel on in Job applications

Here’s a short one. I saw this written as a comment on another blog recently. After the original writer had proclaimed the importance of a good cover letter, a commenter wrote this: How can you write a cover letter for … Continue reading

Adding Personality To Your Cover Letters, Part 2: Personality, Not Arrogance

By Rachel on in What not to do

Dorsey Shaw, an editor at Buzzfeed, posted this image the other day, with the caption: “Never ever ever ever try to get a job with an email like this. Not ever.” We have to agree. For the purposes of this … Continue reading

Adding Personality To Your Cover Letters, Part 1: Know Your Audience (And How Do Mullets Figure In?)

By Rachel on in Job applications

Why is a mullet pictured here? In the ebook, I talk a lot about writing a letter with personality, and about fitting your letter to its intended audience. If you’re funny, and you’re applying for a job at a startup, … Continue reading

Less Is Truly More

By Rachel on in Job applications

You wanna know one of the best ways to make you look smarter in your cover letter? Say less. I don’t mean be all mysterious. I don’t mean leave out information. But like Mr. Strunk and Mr. White have been … Continue reading

What Can and Can’t You Reuse In A Cover Letter?

By Rachel on in What not to do

Since a good cover letter is customized to the job you’re applying for, it’s not a good idea to reuse the same letter more than once. That said, certain parts are…not boilerplate, exactly, but maybe a little less important to … Continue reading

How to Stand Head and Shoulders Above the Crowd: Follow Instructions.

By Rachel on in Job applications

One could be excused for thinking that if a job listing doesn’t specifically ask for a cover letter, you don’t need to send one. (It’s a common misconception.) But when an ad specifically requests a cover letter and you still … Continue reading