No, really, this may be the worst cover letter ever

“My middle name is Promptness. True story. Ask my mom.” Writer overreaches, and falls on her face.

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A couple years ago at, I deconstructed what I speculated was the worst cover letter ever. The overeager undergrad misspelled the company’s name, mischaracterized its industry and uttered successive groaners like this one, about her internship:

When I am given a task, I get it done better than expected. The men at the radio station referred to me as ‘Chicago’ and ‘sassy’—and never failed to give me stories that required contacting the hard-to-get sources. I always got them to talk, and I always got them to ‘spill it.’ Sassy, they said, is for the ability that I have when it comes to asking the ‘tough questions.’

I know: “pretty horrible,” right?

But even though I concealed the young fool’s name, I was vilified by many kind-hearted Ragan readers for attempting to teach a letter-writing lesson, as one reader put it, “at the expense of someone’s hope.”

Well I’ve learned my lesson.

So now that I’ve got my mitts on a cover letter that may be even worse than the one that put the “piss” in epistle, I won’t bother using it to teach any lessons.

I’ll just run the damn thing:

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