Cover Letter Fan-Fiction

I heard someone say requiring cover letters is like asking candidates to write fan-fiction about working at your company. 😄

Jokes aside, I think seeing a cover letter as a literary work is a good framework for when to write one, and when not to:

Don't If...

  1. It's imaginative: "At your company I would..."

  2. It's autobiographical: "And then I turn 22..."

  3. It's irrelevant: "I really like charcuterie..."

Do If...

  1. It's a short form persuasive essay that can't be immediately inferred from your resume: "I was the lead developer on the very product your company now uses."

  2. There is no 2.


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