Job hunting is tough work.
Not only do you have to read through tons of job postings online, but you have to read them quite carefully to make sure they’re a good fit. You have to make your resume look great. You have to make sure you’re following the application instructions to the letter, lest you be disqualified.
But by far the toughest part about job hunting is writing cover letters.
I’m a damn fine writer. I’m not afraid to say that. But cover letters terrify me. It’s rare that I know what to put in them. It’s near impossible to find the balance between a serious/professional tone and a tone that screams “LOOK AT ME! I’M THE GUY YOU WANT FOR THIS JOB!”
And it’s not just me. I know a lot of great writers. And many of them have told me they have similar troubles with cover letters.
It’s frustrating, honestly. I’m great in job interviews. If I get a job interview, I’ll kick its ass every time. But because of my ineptitude with cover letters, every time I don’t get called for an interview, I’m left wondering if it was because my cover letter sucked.
It’s enough to drive a man to drink. But I don’t think that will help my cover letter writing either.