Applying for internships is tedious. I don’t mind the resume tailoring so much, because at least in some way that can be considered “creative”. It’s cover letters that are the worst. You know what I am talking about. Those stupid letters you spend an hour writing to perfectly fit the job description, triple checking it for mistakes, signing your name in blood, sweat, and tears, only so that the hiring manager can ball it up as soon as it passes his or her desk and make a free-throw to the recycle bin.
Now, I know this isn’t true for every job – some places probably shred the letters. No, but seriously, I know that a cover letter can make you or break you and maybe that’s what makes them such a pain. It’s like no matter how much effort you put into your resume, no one will even bother looking at it if your cover letter suggests your a little less then perfect for a position.
Sending in a cover letter is like having a date with the most high-pressure, pickiest, long-term relationship guy on the planet. One wrong word, one wrong punctuation mark, one iffy sentence and you are sorted into the “no” bin faster then you can say “Check, please!”
To make the stupid cover letters even harder, I swear that every single job posts pretty much the same requirements:
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Organizational skills and time managament
- Microsoft Office
- Ability to work effectively without supervision
Whhhhhat? The monotony of it all. To bad I’ve got a million cover letters left to write in my life.