I just took a look at my thumb drive. I have 11 saved cover letters. That means that within the past 2-3 weeks I have applied to 11 jobs. At least. Because there are more jobs that require an online application, sans cover letter. To the best of my knowledge, I am at 20 applications.
This is becoming overkill.
The hardest part is, no two cover letters are alike because each position requires a different skill set. Look, I am glad to write a new cover letter every time, but in doing so I have become immune to my abilities, skills, and general awesomeness. No, really. I am getting bored with writing about myself, and the more I do it, the quicker I’ll come to the realization that no one is hiring me.
I wrote in one letter that I was aware I was “overqualified” for the position, but that I wanted it nonetheless. That despite applying for a job that requires a high school diploma, I still want that job because it allows me to be in a library. THAT is what is important to me at this point in my life. Do I want a paycheck that equals my talents? Yup. Do I want a title that proves how hard I have worked for it? You bet… But the most important thing right now is to be in a library. Not in Starbucks, Borders, or at a desk somewhere. I need to be in a library.
I really hope that someone recognizes this and calls me in for an interview. This week I have been sent 5 “You’re not good enough” letters. I need some positive. Faith takes me far, but it doesn’t pay the bills.
I leave you with a picture to make you (okay, me) smile: