Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. ~ E. L. Doctorow

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Micro-Fiction to Micro-Cover Letter


Catching an Employer's Eye in 150 Characters or Less


A few months ago I applied for a writing job, that I subsequently did not get, that required me to sell myself in 150 characters or less. In this fast past world where publishers and bloggers format their articles to fit on a cell phone screen or people discuss their lives, adventures, and mindless dribbles in 140 characters, I wasn't surprised. 

A challenge nonetheless…

So, I tried to stay with the food theme of my cover letter, more or less because I couldn't think of another angle at the time. It came out all right. Here's what I submitted:

Combine an infectious laugh, creativity, and self-motivated work ethic in a large bowl. Pour into any sized work environment. Watch me flourish.

My best attempt to deliver a succinct list of my most important qualities and abilities along with showcasing my writing ability. I look at it now and see a dozen ways to improve it. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Here’s my revision:

Combine Creativity and Self-Motivated Work Ethic in a large bowl. Pour into Any work environment. Results: Quality Prose and Increased Productivity.


I would love to see how you would approach this assignment. Write a 150-character or less cover letter you would submit to a potential employer in the comments section below. 
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