Something in the water?

Is there something in the water, or is this a new job search method being taught somewhere? I didn’t think it was possible, but I’ve received ANOTHER one of those grossly informal cover letters. I appreciate that these candidates are eager and want desperately to stand out, but this is not the way to go about it. Again, I’ve changed the name to protect the innocent offender.

To Whom It May Concern:

I don’t like to boast, but I am not one of the perky multitude whose cover letters are full of adjectives like eager, enthusiastic, and energetic. It’s almost enough to make you wonder if you’re reading about a person, or a puppy. I prefer the more traditional traits of resourcefulness, determination, and creativity.

I am interested in the [intern] position you recently advertised. I am a recent graduate with a degree in writing, and I am especially interested in pursuing a career in promotions and advertising.

My experience in the field has been limited to freelance and internship work on a small scale, but it has been positive experience. I am comfortable working with minimal direction, though I also understand that this is a highly collaborative business. I learn quickly, and have some experience in graphic design and film production.

Thank you for your consideration. I will include one or two short writing samples to counter-balance my sparse resume. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jason Ludwig

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