The Art of Cover Letters?

01Mar09

Good evening bloggettes and blog-gents! I am just settling into work that I shouldn’t have avoided all weekend. It was totally worth it, though. Thank you to everyone for the confidence in my internship applications! I think all a ya’ll might be a little too nice, but I’ll take it and run with it. Putting positive energy into the world is the only way to receive it.

Today has been long. It started at 8:30, when I awoke to start packing up for the trip back to Athens. I had my last fake breakfast to get me started:

Yoplait Light Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, Fiber One, banana, Krema natural p.b. drizzle

Yoplait Light Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, Fiber One, banana, Krema natural p.b. drizzle

Muffin and I packed up her car and we were on the road before 11 a.m., a major feat for us. We’ve had some sad, weepy drives back to Athens (talks of ex-boyfriends, not wanting to return to a life of stress and insanity, etc.), but this one was chipper and hopeful. There are only two weeks of classes left and one week of exams, and then it’s spring break! I’ll be relaxing in a lovely resort known as my parents’ home.

During the ride I sipped United Dairy Farmer’s coffee and had half of a Banana Nut Bread Clif Bar. Why didn’t I buy TEN of these? This flavor rocked my socks off. It’s like eating dense, chewy banana nut bread. I ate it throughout the day to savor it. It will be weeks before we meet again.

By the time we got back to Athens and I unpacked, it was almost three and I needed food, pronto. I made a dazzling, creative meal. Not:

La Tortilla wrap with Sabra's original hummus, butter pickles, spinach, mustard; D'Anjou pear; carrot

La Tortilla wrap with Sabra's original hummus, butter pickles, spinach, mustard; D'Anjou pear; carrot

I finally showered after eating this. Yep, Muffin got to sit with my stank for three hours. MisterMan agreed to see me after I rid myself of the oh-so-lovely stench of hair oil.

We chilled for a few hours and I was hungry again when I returned home. I’m sorry my creativity is lacking, but I did enjoy my dinner. I baked sweet potato mezzalune (half moons) with garam masala sprinkled atop, along with a bit of tempeh:

Garam masala+ sweet pots= fabulous, as many of you probably already know (I'm in the slow lane); Bullseye BBQ sauce and ketchup for dipping

Garam masala+ sweet pots= fabulous, as many of you probably already know (I'm in the slow lane); Bullseye BBQ sauce and ketchup for dipping

While I was putting the sweet pots in the oven, I tried tempeh pb&j, Gliding Calm style. Sounds odd, but I was surprised by how wonderful it was. I guess you can’t really go wrong with pb&j on anything.

band-aid shaped tempeh with schmear Smucker's natural p.b., Smucker's Blackberry fruit spread

band-aid shaped tempeh with schmear Smucker's natural p.b., Smucker's Blackberry fruit spread

When dinner was over, I delved into a scary, hellish realm. The realm of cover-letter writing.  Is there an art to this? I feel like I may be making it harder than it should be. Or does it really just suck? I can’t help but feel like I’m bragging to whomever I’m writing. “I’ve done this, this, this, and this is why I’m awesome, and this is what I can do for your company and CHOOSE ME!!!” It’s exhausting! The cover letter I’m currently working on is for Procter & Gamble, and they’ve asked specifically for TV production majors, but I got the email, so I’m applying anyway. I actually think I could help with the casting department as well as the writing department.

To break the tension I had some dessert. What you’ll see is a tupperware cup full of brown stuff, topped with caramel-colored goo. What is actually is: No Pudge brownie mix (made with 2 T mix, 1T ff yogurt, splash vanilla extract; micro’d for 1 minute) topped with a smigde of Mighty Maple.

I've been jealous of all your Vitamuffins--this is my attempt

I've been jealous of all your Vitamuffins--this is my attempt

I’ve had the box in the cupboard for longer than a month now. I have NO IDEA why I waited. This was delicious! I was skeptical that the brownie would actually form in the micro in one minute. Much to my delight, it turned out beautifully fudgey and chocolatey.  (If you’d like to see the packaging, I can work that into the next post 🙂 )

After returning to my cover letter hell, I got so wrapped up in writing that I almost forgot about a capella practice. I did, however, make it on time. The weather has turned bitter again. I’m over not being able to feel my toes and fingers. Donezo (Laguna Beach, anyone?).

MisterMan was generous enough to pick me up from practice to drive me home (THANK YOU!!!). So what if I’m a bit of a princess? I blame my dad.

Hungry yet again, I heated a serving of edamame for more protein (and I was actually craving it):

edamame, curl of Smart Balance Light, pepper

edamame, curl of Smart Balance Light, pepper

How can something so seemingly plain be so spectacularly satisfying? Ok, well, I was satisfied for a half an hour, and then I needed some Kashi TLC Original 7 Grains.

If you can’t tell by this snoozie post, SnackFace is growing weary and I need to finish this draft of my lackluster awesome cover letter. Any advice? I hope everyone is recharged and ready for another fun-filled week! Love all a ya’ll!

Ciao for now,

Kailey

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12 Responses to “The Art of Cover Letters?”

  1. haha sorry love, no words of wisdom for the cover letter. It honestly gets worse- i have like 50 saved on my comp just because you basically have to do an entirely new one for EVERY job you apply for, BAHH!! 😀 No worries though- soon it’ll just roll off those fingers. No worries, i’m in the slow food lane too- still good!! Have a great week girl!

  2. 2 Sarah

    You have such an interesting “voice,” it would be a shame to lose that in a boring cover letter. I’d do a straight laced version, and then write another one like it were a blog entry. I’m serious. Tell us what you want to say about yourself in the same way you write the blog…SO entertaining! If you can salvage just one interesting, funny, entertaining line from the “blog cover letter,” put it in the real one. You will not be forgotten.

    That’s my advice, anyway.

  3. When we meet up, you need to bring a plate of those sweet potatoes – you always cook them upso perfectly!! 😀

    Hang in there with the cover letter, girl!!!

  4. 4 Sarah

    cover letters are so awkward to write!! just take the bragging and run with it! that’s what these places need to see. and you’ve got such a great and friendly writing style that is bound to pop off the page 🙂

    and i do not think your food looks boring at all. i need to jump on the tempeh wagon!

  5. I think your lunch is dazzling 😉

    Faaabulous Sweet Potatoes! How do you get them so perfect?!

    I’m totally trying that with brownie mix…I can’t believe I’ve never thought of that!

    Mmm, edamame…my fav!

  6. Good luck with that cover letter, I’m no pro at that stuff either!

    I’ve never tried garam masala, I’m intrigued…and yay edamame!!

  7. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR APPS!!! Any company will be lucky to get you, princess 🙂

    That Clif bar – delishhhh! Glad you guys had a good trip back!

    For what it’s worth, I’m fairly certain that if you put PBJ on dirt it would still taste good – I haven’t tried it!

  8. 8 Bec

    I still love laguna beach even after all these years, I actually watched an episode on my ipod at the gym this morning!

  9. 9 martiniwindow

    I hope you had a great weekend at home!

    Band-aid shaped tempeh?? hahahaha – that cracks me up!

    Good luck with the internship, you will be fine! Just get me to finals!! I HATE this part of the quarter here – the stress is too much!

    For your cover letter just sell yourself! You are your best promoter! Being in Scripps speaks VOLUMES too!

  10. 10 erin

    woman

    even though your breakfasts were …”fake”

    were they delish?
    pineapple upside down doesnt sound too shabby!

    well. i love you gorgeousness
    i enjoyed that long ass post and reading each and every detail.

    laguna beach is bomb & no crossroads isn’t a classic per say but ya know what.. its an oldie but goodie!

    gotttttttta run.

    (to the bathroom).

  11. 11 Marissa

    Have you Googled Cover Letters? Hopefully that can give you a starting point!

  12. bahaha! you tried pb and j tempeh! see people?! IM NOT CRAZY!


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