Cover Letters With Personality
March 29, 2011 5:45 PM Subscribe
I am having the darnedest time translating my personality into a winning cover letter to my dream job. Help!
Like many people, cover letters make me a little ill. I cannot seem to adequately imbue one with the personality I need to catch the eye of a recruiter at any of the top animation studios I am currently applying to. After speaking with one recruiter in person after a phenomenal interview and an out of left field "no thanks", I know I'm the right fit for these places and it's not that I'm underqualified or anything like that. My cover letters, though, seem to be saying "bland" or "professional", not "fun, engaging, creative, and hire-able", and it's that mismatch that's making the recruiters go "hmmm".
After much trouble I finally got a hold of a cover letter (my boyfriend's) that made waves in a good way at the main place I'd like to work (big time animation studio). It broke the rules that I personally can't seem to shake: had some spelling/grammatical errors; was effusive and personable; and had some cheeky jokes that really showcased my BF's disposition and personality. I cannot reverse engineers this thing for the life of me.
How can I construct a letter of my own that will clearly show that I'm the right kind of girl for their team? I'm a warm, enthusiastic and capable college grad with talent. What's screwing me over?