I am currently going through resumes & trying to find a candidate for an unpaid internship. I have been shocked by the lack of forethought people put into their cover emails.
First off, if you want a job (or even an internship) make sure your email address is professional. I will not be hiring AZNPRINZEZZ08. Ever. And despite the popularity of Prop 19, having 420 in your email address is probably a bad idea.
Next, when you write the cover letter, at least give it the illusion of personalization. When I was applying a few years ago I had a template, sure but I always had at least one paragraph that was specific to the organization. And I always mentioned the organization and position in the first sentence of the letter.
None of the candidates have so much as put the name of the organization in their letter. Or mentioned our issue (which I think is vital for an application to an advocacy non-profit!)
So, if you read this, please make sure that your cover letters are specific and make the reader want to learn more about you. Don't just send the same memo 30 times. It will make anyone more likely to hire you. And, I will guarantee an interview to any who uses a pirate cover letter!
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