The incredible lameness of my cover letters…

I have been sending out reems of resumes and cover letters recently in my on going quest to improve myself and share my considerable talents with the world. 

It’s ironic then, that after so many years as a creative writer and communicator I have such difficulty in positioning myself to prospective employers.  You see I suffer from lame cover letter syndrome.  Symptoms include the paralyzing inability to shout my achievements from the rooftops and wow prospective employers or to declare that I only wish to be a torchbearer for their company and not just a cog. 

Blowing my own horn has never been easy for me; and yet I have significant achievements that I am proud of – industry awards, promotions and many, many successful projects.  So what happens when I attempt to distill this down into a few friendly paragraphs?  I lapse into corp talk, that strange dialect that no one I would like to hang out with, actually speaks.

So why don’t I really express how I really feel – I would love to work for your company and I have a lot that I can contribute?  Good question.  It has to be my perception that this is the way that all Human Resources professionals want to see things expressed.  But I know that this is not reality, my friends in HR tell me otherwise. 

So I am pledging a new approach – my cover letter as a selling piece, expressing who I am and, more importantly, what I desire.  I’ll keep you up to date on how it’s working…

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