So, I wrote a really goofy cover letter for an indie publication because they were looking for a “snarky editorial writer” who likes to rant and such. I figured instead of just showing my fiance what I wrote, I’d show my fiance what I wrote through the internet as well. I personally thought their ad was awesome and per request, I tried writing a cover letter that grabs their attention and something that was applicable for what they were looking for. I don’t recommend copying this format though.
“The music scene is terrible. Artistry has been traded in for the talentless. Anything
popular tends to be over produced electronica and ran by nepotism (I’m talking to
you Will Smith). It’s a generation ran by One Directions and I’m expected to give 5
Seconds of Summer a pass because they know how to play the same three chords
repetitively. Please, don’t tell me that Skrillex is talented or how cool Coachella is. If
you’re over the age of 12 and don’t take drugs, then congratulations, you’ve peaked
higher maturity than the aforementioned demographics. I could write a novel about
my distaste for the music scene, but that’s not the point of this “cover letter.” I’m
reaching out to you for employment.
BitCandy, you say you’re looking for a snarky Editorial Writer, but how serious is
your claim? When I was an editor for the Golden Gate Xpress Newspaper, the editors
above me would constantly edit my pieces for being “too snarky” or “too cynical.” I
know I’m what you’re looking for, but do you know it? I personally felt at home
when I read the first lines of “Do you like to rant? Are you a sarcasm machine?” in
your ad. I’m often labeled a hipster because I find the music I like the old fashion
way; you know, by purchasing records and going to shows. Pretty hipster of me, I
know. I could give you a long list of why I’m qualified for what you’re looking for and
how I want this job, but what’s the point? It was either grab your attention or give
you information I’m sure all your other applicants have spewed out.
I hope this was enough of an attention grabber to get you to the third paragraph and
I guarantee you, if BitCandy takes the time and chance on me, you won’t regret it.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
John Bradley Wilson
P.S. Nickleback is spelled “Meghan Trainor.”