as too many people currently know, looking for work is an incredibly humiliating undertaking. i require several internal pep-talks daily in order to sustain the motivation and optimism i need to send out yet another job application.
i have found that applying for jobs requires i distance myself from my self. it’s like i’ve died and every cover letter i write is a eulogy to my self. here lies sarah burghauser: devoted teacher, meticulous editor, intuitive writer, active listener, team player, earnest observer of deadlines.
in addition to my pep-talks, i must constantly remind myself of who i am, and do things that remind me of what it feels like to embody myself in a fuller way.
when am i my best self? when do i like myself most? what am i doing when i feel closest to who i want to be?: i am teaching, i am reading, writing, making work, engaged in conversation, experiencing new ideas, visiting new places, collaborating, helping someone else work through something difficult… i am at school.
my next cover letters might be shorter, more stylized, more energetic. MORE HONEST. experimental cover letters.