Sunday, May 25, 2014

7 Superb Cover Letters

Updated (2/11/2015)

1. Industrial Design

Ever since I saw the giant airplane wing crashing through the wall of your offices, I knew IDEO was a place I wanted to work.

—Adam Dachis

2. Banking

The first time I scanned a check with my smartphone I was delighted by how simple deposits suddenly became. Now that I am in the market for a job, I immediately thought of Chase because I want to help to create the tools that make banking a pleasure.

—Adam Dachis

3. Food

For her 9th birthday, my daughter wanted brownies just like the ones they make at her favorite restaurant. I accidentally spilled a little pudding mix into the batter, only to discover a trick that made one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. I can replicate a recipe like the best of them, but it's the mistakes I’ve made while baking that remind me of how much I love it.

—Adam Dachis

4. Blogging

Starting with the basics: my name is Adam Dachis, I live in Pasadena and I’ll be available mid-May. Less basically, I’m obsessed with learning things in the same sort of way people collect Disney pins or lego sets. I’ve loved most of the experiences I’ve had, with the exceptions being the state of Florida and the game of golf. Some highlights from this year have been making my own touchscreen tablet, rolling my own file-sharing service, experimenting with film set photography, and coming up with new vegetarian recipes that don’t suck.

DIY is a huge part of my life. I’ve worked for a number of web startups and so I am plagued with the desire for an efficient and organized lifestyle. More than all of that, my dream is to be a writer. I’m torn between writing about technology and the future and the world and writing for the screen. I love them both. And so I’m sending this email because I’d love a chance to explore the possibility of working for one of my favorite blogs.

—Adam Dachis

5. Writing

I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demimonde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.

I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.

I have just returned and I still like words.

May I have a few with you?

—Robert Pirosh

6. Writing

Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews.

I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don’t give a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations.

I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.

It’s a long way from here to British Columbia, but I think I’d enjoy the trip.

—Hunter S. Thompson

7. Blogging

I’m particularly drawn to a dynamic news outlet like the Slatest. I appreciate its blend of politics and current affairs, as well as its ability to consistently sniff out the most compelling news pieces and narratives. I dig its sense of humor, too—I can’t resist a news blog that picks up on the latest North Korean, pigeon–eating propaganda pieces.