Category Archives: Job applications

Can you reuse a cover letter?

By Rachel on in Job applications, What not to do

It’s…not a good idea. If you are thinking of reusing a cover letter to apply to more than one job, don’t. I’m not talking about carefully picking and choosing parts that can be reused. (That’s a post from last year … Continue reading

How and why to write a cover letter with personality

By Rachel on in Job applications

What’s your personality? Are you serious? Funny? Hard-working? Creative? Your cover letter should show (a little) of your personality. Dial it up or down depending on the job you’re applying for. Here’s a job posting for an experienced reporter to … Continue reading

Cover letter writing is a muscle.

By Rachel on in Job applications

It’s one that you can improve with practice. It’s also one that can atrophy very quickly. Believe me. I’ve been there. I’ve sat in front of the empty Microsoft Word document fearing that whatever I was about to type would … Continue reading

A cover letter critique: Take risks. What do you have to lose?

By Rachel on in Job applications

A reader e-mailed me his cover letter. I agreed to send him some suggestions in exchange for permission to put some of them into a blog post. So: this cover letter is 100% real (except for the redacted parts) and … Continue reading

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

By Rachel on in Job applications

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. … 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

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 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

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