Hey <company name>,
I will be a great fit for your blah blah blah position. Yes, this is seriously my cover letter that was not a typo. Rather than tell you why I will be a great <position>, I wanted to share two stories with you that provide a small glimpse of who I am. I will let you decide if I will be a great fit at <company name>.
Problem Solving: I packed my bags and moved to San Francisco on July 15, 2013. While crashing on a buddy’s couch I began hunting for my own room on Craigslist. After about a week of messaging potential roommates, I had nothing. No open houses. No calls. No email responses. This made me realize, I either suck as a person or my email introduction sucks. I decided my email introduction could use some work. To determine what it was missing I decided to put myself in the shoes of the people receiving these introductory emails. So I found one of the posts I emailed and I re-posted it. I literally copied the post word for word and used the same photo, and to ensure I got some responses I dropped the rent by $200. Sure enough I received 20 introductory emails within the first 30 minutes. I quickly took down the post and began reviewing the emails. I realized all of the emails were boring and sounded exactly the same. The emails where genuine and truthful, but there was little to distinguish one email from another. The one email that caught my eye was a guy who mentioned that he was a trained juggler and he inserted a link to one of his Youtube videos. I decided that I needed to spice up my wording and I also needed some kind of wow factor. My new introductory email had some more exciting wording, and it started with a picture of me wearing a tuxedo from when I was 4 years old. Booyah! The response emails began to roll in. After a few open houses, I found some awesome roommates, signed the lease and moved in August 1st.
Culture Fit: My first job out of college was as an accounting specialist for a small city in southern California (Goleta). Like many offices there were people who really loved their jobs and were awesome at them. Then there were those who showed up a few minutes late and always cut out few minutes early. Needless to say the office culture was not that of a young passionate startup team. This of course did not stop me from doing small things to try to spice up the culture of our office. My most popular contribution to the office culture was “Apple Time”. So for some reason I like to cut my apples up into slices before eating them. Each day at around 4pm I would walk from my desk to the kitchen to cut up my apple. People began to notice my apple eating habit and would ask me around 4pm “is it apple time yet?” So one day I decided to give the people what they wanted and let everyone know when it was in fact “Apple Time”. Since I am an exceptional vocalist (lies) I decided the best way to get the word out was by singing the “Apple Time” song on my walk to the kitchen. The song consisted of me repeating “Apple Time” in my best opera singing voice (the song was based on “T-Shirt Time” from the Jersey Shore). For the next year at 4pm everyday I got a chuckle or at least a smile from everyone who was lucky enough to hear my fruit serenade. At my farewell party my “Apple Time” song was mentioned as my most memorable contribution to the city and that it would be sorely missed.