Friday, February 3, 2012

Cover letters

This is a great set of advice and tips on how to write a cover letter! The last thing you want to do is come off like a “generic employee”--these are a dime a dozen. Instead, think about what makes you a good fit for the organization you’re applying to, and what makes you stand out from the pack. Throw in a little (repeat: “little!”) humor. I can tell you from experience that when i get applications from people for jobs, the last thing I want to be as I read is bored.

As English majors and minors, you all have what it takes. You know the rhythms of language. You know how to avoid clogging the arteries of your letters with passive voice and stodgy nested clauses that make sentences run on and on (and on). You know how to tell a story. Use those skills!

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