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Cover letters

Postby longfinkillie » Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:48 pm

I can't write cover letters. The bigger the company, the smaller I felt. Thank goodness I have a job now, but before that, it was a struggle to find that happy medium between art and commerce. I was always told that "Art itself is the enemy of commerce." It's abundandtly clear when writing the cover letter.


But if that wasn't true and you could write ANYTHING to your perspective employer, what would it say?
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Postby LilacWine » Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:06 pm

Writing cover letters is daunting. So is writing one's bio blurb, at least I find it so. My agent encourages (make that forces) me to overstate on both. I have come to look at it as creating another piece of fiction. Perhaps I should employ the same perspective to finding a "day job" as the truth hasn't brought results. :D
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Postby Mlou » Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:23 pm

You have an agent?? :bow:
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Postby LilacWine » Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:56 pm

He's a voluntary agent, but pretty good at editing my stories and suggesting places to send them.
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Postby cherbo86 » Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:37 am

I have one of those too- I most commonly refer to him as "husband" :D
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Postby longfinkillie » Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:20 pm

So which tone do you take? The cover letters that is.

"smart and meek."

OR


"Dumb and sleek."
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Postby LilacWine » Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:18 pm

I try for accomplished and publishable. (Notice I said "try") :D
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Re: Cover letters

Postby charlesp » Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:10 am

longfinkillie wrote: But if that wasn't true and you could write ANYTHING to your perspective employer, what would it say?


Besides "I don't want a fancy title or a big office just give me more money instead please?"

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Postby novicescribbler » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:31 am

Is begging admissable? How about mentioning starving children under your care?
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Postby longfinkillie » Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:42 pm

I actually sent a cover letter to Saatchi and Saatchi challenging the hiring manager to a drinking contest.


I just wanted to see if a real person actually reads these cover letters.

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