I’ve had to be very self-promotional lately.
It’s an awkward position to be in, especially as a writer. Although most of my material is non-fiction and I talk about the things around me all the time, the words don’t usually flow as easily when I have to be the wise and fearless main character; I like that I don’t always have the answers, tripping over myself and trying to find the humor in my mistakes.
When you apply for jobs though, you’re supposed to be the smartest, the fastest, the wittiest. The best at everything. I have faith in myself and my capabilities. I don’t have it in me to write a cover letter that makes me sound like Wonder Woman. I was taught to do that, but it doesn’t ever sound right.
After many, many phony sounding introductions, I penned one that feels appropriate. It was finding that balance between ‘I’ve got this’ and ‘I’m still learning’. Anyone else who feels like they’re terrible at compiling these types of letters should realize that telling your story is the best way to sell yourself. I no longer believe in forcing out a laundry-list of award worthy accomplishments as promotional material. It felt so comfortable to instead, speak about where i’ve been and what i’m passionate about doing. And yes, I included all of the things I didn’t know yet, but was eager to learn.
Now that i’ve been preachy, I hope this method proves fruitful. If it works, I promise to post the letter, start to finish.