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March 11, 2011 2:23 AM Subscribe
I have written a cover letter. I would like to know whether it makes recruiters jump for joy or punch the screen.
posted by Fen to Work & Money (40 answers total) 62 users marked this as a favorite
I've been applying for jobs for a while now and I don't tend to get many responses, if any. I've played with my CV and re-written it a dozen times and I'm more or less happy with it, but I'm not so sure about my cover letters. I've bought books on how to write them and been to a few advisors, and the result is below, but I can't decide whether I'm coming across as 'confident' or 'an arrogant douche'.
Dear (Person in HR),
I am a prize-winning graduate with a 2:1 degree in English and Creative Writing, and I would like to apply for the Editorial Assistant position advertised at (company website / job page etc).
I have been interested in a career in publishing for several years and have worked to gain as much experience as possible. At university I joined a panel of reviewers to help publish a book of schoolchildren’s poetry, and I also recently spent several months volunteering as a script editor and proof-reader for an amateur publishing website, evaluating submissions and writing notes and minor articles on how they could be improved. Most recently, I completed a two-week work experience placement in the Editorial department at Random House Publishing in London, where I reviewed slush-pile submissions, proofread manuscripts and researched sales figures, and this experience has convinced me that publishing is an area in which I would like to work.
As per the requirements of your advert, I possess excellent communication skills and I am highly computer literate: I have worked with computers my entire life and have a good working knowledge of most common programs including Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. I am also proficient in most common office tasks including mailing, filing, photocopying and answering phone calls, having spent several months as an administrative assistant. Finally, I have a wide-ranging interest in non-fiction literature with a particular interest in the sciences. I consider myself a hard and capable worker, and I know I can be an excellent fit for this position.
Thank you for your time in reading this, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
The 'prize' I won was a certificate and £30 cash for an essay I wrote in my second year. As far as I'm aware it's a piddling little thing that isn't worth going "oh look at me I'm not just any graduate I'm a PRIZE WINNER, hur hur" but at the same time I've been told repeatedly not to under-sell myself. So I'm not sure where the balance is. If anyone can point it out, then I'm much obliged.