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I hate writing cover letters ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Clever username, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member


    Sorry. Thank you for listening.
  2. Blue_Water

    Blue_Water Member

    Here's some inspiration.

    If I'm hiring for a position, if the cover letter doesn't grab my attention, I probably won't even bother to look at the clips.

    Not saying you have to do something outlandish, but it should intrigue me enough to find out more about you.
  3. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    That's what I try to do. I think I have a pretty good intro to mine, it's just the rest of it that I hate doing. I hate trying to sell myself.
  4. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Just use that.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I do, too. But you know what? You'll probably get some assignments as a reporter that you aren't too fond of also. Gotta slug through those as well.
  6. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Indeed, but those crap assignments aren't the difference between getting your clips read or tossed in the circular file.
  7. scalper

    scalper Member

    Good rule of thumb, I think: If you're a top contender for a position and you know it, you keep it straight. If you're a longshot and you know it, you go for it a little bit -- try to get yourself noticed and become that outsider that forces his way into the hunt. It won't work often, but it will work once in a while.
  8. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    Approach it like a column and treat it like another clip.
  9. SEWnSO

    SEWnSO Member

    Serve and scalp - great advice!
  10. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Here's some advice that's worked for other prominent folks in our biz.

    Make shit up. (Kidding, kidding)
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