I feel my blog writing skills are so rusty, but I promised myself that I would start writing again here this year no matter what.
Like every January, I felt the familiar need to throw things away and clean and organize all at once. I spent 8 hours of January 1st going over old hard drives, full of folders of ancient music sessions, pictures, and outdated PDF articles on “how to make it in the music business”.
And then I found it. My old “PRO” folder. PRO was the place were I stored all fancy, formal documents… like my resume and several cover letters I wrote while applying for jobs in the Audio field.
Out of curiosity, I started reading the first one and immediately cringed, suddenly remembering a different time. What an awkward letter to have to write…
I remember how lost and confused I felt about the conflicting advice I had gotten… If you don’t include some tidbits about the company, then you seem clueless and not really interested in them. If you include too many details, you are trying too hard to impress them. If you’re too serious, you are probably boring. If you are friendly, you risk being out of line.
Holy crap. It’s incredible to remember how much I struggled with those letters, spending hours agonizing over the tone of each one. Many of them did not receive answers.
I am overjoyed that I don’t have to write letters like that again. I’m past that stage. And I don’t mean that I will never have to write a cover letter to apply for a job… I likely will. But I no longer feel so lost and vulnerable and exposed. If I have to reach out to someone, I do so in what has over time become my own way (for better or worse).
Did you guys go through this, too? And if you are just graduating and facing cover letters, please know… this will pass! Hehe! You will get through it and later dig up all these things that will remind you of all you’ve lived and survived since.
Thanks for reading!