CoverLetters

Cover Letters

CoverLettersI 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 I spent 8 hours of January 1st going over old hard drives, full of folders of ancient music sessions, pictures, and outdated PDF articles on “how to make it in the music business”.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!
Love,
Malu

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Bea

    A woman of her word! 🙂 Another pleasure to read and interpret! Currently, I am slowly approaching high school graduation. I have had a couple experiences regarding these cover letters and resumes (applications for academic programs; Language Arts assignments) but reading this has proven a valuable insight. Considering the time I spent fretting over those rather small tasks, I can harldy imagine the stress contrsructing a cover letter for an actual job…your future source of income and a large chunk of your life. After reading this, I realized I needed to pinpoint interests of mine down to possible careers. And, after reading these blogs and years after submerging myself into your pool of passionate melody, I’m determined for it to be something I love. Many Thanks, not only for your work, but for your astonishing dedicaton to your fans. (P.S. I’m saving that picture and placing it in my newly renamed PRO folder, for when the time comes.)

    January 30, 2016 at 4:54 am
    • Reply malukah

      Hi, Bea! Thank you for your beautiful comment! It feels awesome to know there is now another person on the planet that has a PRO folder! hahaha! 😀 You will get to this point, and you will be absolutely fine. You express yourself so well! I am sure this skill, along with your previous practice, will be extremely helpful and guarantee many less headaches when you sit down to write these letters. Hehehe! I send you a big hug from Mexico! Thank you so much for reading. 🙂

      January 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Bea

    Hello again Malu!

    I remember reading this post years ago and how it really made me start thinking about my future plans. But I don’t think I ever saw your response until now! Thank you so much for the kind words. Your genuine way of writing always captured me.

    Currently I’m writing cover letters for real jobs (I am about to graduate college for Game Design) and I recalled this very blog post. I was pleasantly surprised to find it still here! You can rest assured my PRO folder is getting a lot of attention.

    Keeping up with your work has always been a joy. I’ve got your reissue of All of the Above still in my car’s radio and I’m always excited to see something from Malukah.com in my inbox. The fact that your are still doing what you love provides endless inspiration.

    Give Thor a treat for me 🙂

    Warm regards,
    Bea

    October 14, 2020 at 12:16 am
    • Reply Malukah

      Beaaaaaa. What an amazing message to read!!!! 😀 Hahaha! It makes me so happyyyyyy that you remembered this post after all these years! I just read it and had to laugh because it once again reminded me of all the cringe hahaha! 😀 It’s fantastic to know you’re doing well! Good luck with the end of college and job hunt. I am smiling so much right now. Sorry for the delayed responseeee! I had a baby last November and have been surrounded by diapers ever since. Big hug from Mexico!
      Malu

      July 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm

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