In Memoriam: The Death of Many Cover Letters, Resumes and Job Applications

They were so young. (drienat - photobucket)

They were so young. (drienat – photobucket)

It is with great sorrow that I reminisce on the failure of my many job applications and corresponding cover letters. Among those unsuccessful — applications for teaching jobs, non-profit jobs, copywriter jobs, editor jobs, retail jobs.

These documents can be found lying untouched in a Word document folder on my hard drive. They have gone unnoticed for many months by potential employers and HR hiring committees, but I have not forgotten about them. I have not forgotten how organized and aesthetically pleasing they were, or how I labored over them for days, making sure the words that decorated those documents were clear and focused and representative of my skills and experiences. I have not forgotten the pleasure and surge of expectation that I felt when I clicked the “send” button and emailed them to companies that ultimately thought them too plain, or too incapable, or too weak.

A part of myself went into those .pdf and .docx files. Indeed, they were me, at least to recruiters who read them. In an increasingly digitally-based and digitally-centric world, and an America where it feels impossible to me to find a full-time job, those computer files were the only link between me and a potential boss. They had to be, because for many jobs, applicants are no longer requested to bother an overworked staff by dropping off applications in person.

As I scroll over the “Job Applications” folder on my laptop, I see little parts of my soul, little parts of my heart that have imbued the little document icons on the screen, and I weep for their weakness and failure. They worked, but ultimately, not enough.

R.I.P., insufficient cover letters and applications.


lc-e1358128566135Laura Creel (@Little_Utopia) is the managing editor of Little Utopia.

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10 responses to “In Memoriam: The Death of Many Cover Letters, Resumes and Job Applications

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  3. Man, do I hear you. The whole job-hunt charade is just the worst. From excitement, to hope, to fear, to disbelief, and finally, the moment you accept that someone’s deemed you insufficient. It’s not fun.

  4. Erica,
    Yes, it’s been an awful process and so discouraging. I don’t even know who to be angry at anymore! I’m glad there’s someone who feels the same way. Also, your blog is cool and we look forward to following it!

    • Hey Laura, sorry I just saw your reply! Yes, I agree, it’s nice (and comically tragic) to hear about like-minded people experiencing similar issues! Thanks for the compliment on my blog — I’m enjoying LU, too 🙂

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