COVER LETTERS ARE BORING. Even the well-written, witty ones are skim-worthy, at best, and this is depressing for both the applicant and the person sifting through the bottomless pile. I’m writing an open cover letter because I think showing is better than telling. So I have a proposition for the awesome person at the awesome company reading this right now: if you are hiring for a position that involves
- Working with people all day, every single day
- Managing relationships with customers, community and/or clients
- Helping to build or shape a company mission/purpose by engaging with people (in person AND through social media)
- Presentations, presentations, presentations (to clients/customers/potential partners). I LOVE PRESENTATIONS
- Evangelizing the company’s purpose, mission and value to prove your product or service KILLS the competition and is the BEST thing since pants with pockets
- Scheming new ways to get people on board as partners, customers, clients and fans
- HUSTLING 24/7
…then I am your person! Why don’t I specify a role? Because if this position includes any of the above, then I will knock your socks off. You will be running around BAREFOOT, saying “This is the most hardworking, humble and excited young woman I have ever hired!” I promise! So now you probably want to know how I would go about robbing you of your socks. Here’s how:
- I like people. A lot. One of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten is from a former classmate, who observed that I form relationships with people very easily and quickly. I can talk to anyone. I’m an excellent listener. I frequently connect people. I host stranger dinners with my roommate. I just introduced a friend with a startup to an angel investor. This all comes naturally to me. I’m a team player.
- I am obsessively organized and consider “time management” a hobby. I use a combination of Workflowy, Google calendars and Evernote to keep my life in place. I label every email and manage contacts, follow-ups and introductions in a very timely manner. This will ensure I do the same, but better, for you.
- I WANT TO BE SCARED, CHALLENGED AND EXCITED by my work. I know everyone says “I like to be challenged!” But that’s like saying “I like white puppies.” I started a company right out of school. I knew nothing about starting a company, and that’s a huge part of WHY I did it. Ask me more about what I learned and how this applies to YOUR COMPANY.
- On that note, I also am NOT scared of the word “no.” “No” has gotten a bad rep by all the people out there who think everything they want in life should arrive on the front porch via stork. “No” is difficult and stubborn, but hearing it also fuels my hustle and brings out my inner schemer. I will exhaust my skills to get a “yes”. That’s my job. Or shall I say: that WILL BE my job.
- I am a social person. Naturally, this means I love social media. I landed my first freelance gig in New York from being strategic on Twitter. My love for people and addiction to social media translates to really understanding online communities. This is where I can be of major help in brainstorming, executing and expanding.
- I recently folded my own startup / put it on hold, but that same focus, ambition and passion is still there, waiting for a landing place: YOUR COMPANY.
If you want to know more about my background, check here or here. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tweet me. Follow me. Find me. Email me. I am antsy. I want to work really hard, help you solve your problems, and be a part of your company’s growth.
Thank you for your time. I AM READY TO RUMBLE WHEN YOU ARE.