The publishing industry is rapidly changing, with the evolution of e-books and other online learning content.
“Companies don’t just hire on requirements and qualifications–they also make hiring decisions based on culture fit and potential, and neither of those comes through in this letter.”Both experts also said my cover letter lacks confidence and impact; it starts flat and ends weak.
Leavy-Detrick thinks the bigger problem is where I basically invite them to negotiate me down (I recall worrying I’d price myself out–by asking for a whopping ,000) before even meeting me.
And my call to action is simply for the hiring manager to “feel free to contact me,” as opposed to a more self-assured request for an actual interview. I asked Leavy-Detrick and Martin to take a merciless red pen to my cover letter, and they graciously obliged.
When I was a couple years into my career and trying to leave my first job out of college (starting salary: ,000), I sent around many truly horrendous cover letters.
Recently, I discovered one languishing at the bottom of my “sent” folder, where it very much belongs.