How do you think of cover letters? Do you think of them as an opportunity to let your personaliity shine through or as a chore you must painfully do as a first step to landing a job? I think Eudora Welty was both a bit different from most of us and applying to a job a bit different from most jobs. Here is the beginning of a cover letter she wrote to the New Yorker as discovered by the blog Letters of Note
March 15, 1933
I suppose you’d be more interested in even a sleight-o’-hand trick than you’d be in an application for a position with your magazine, but as usual you can’t have the thing you want most.