Congratulations. You’ve mustered up the energy to write a badass resume and spend your Saturday applying for new jobs. Maybe you just saw Kylie Jenner’s Forbes cover (that lucky betch) and realized that in order to get out of the career slump you’re currently residing in, you’ll have to find a new place to work. As you’re trying to get your ducks in a row and take some job application sites by f*cking storm, you are probably wondering: are cover letters still a thing?!
Here’s the deal: It’s not like every hiring manager and company is going to force you to send in a cover letter. In fact, you can probably press send on that job application without one. BUT, if you write one well (i.e. no typos and sh*t), you will literally break the
internet job application site you are applying to. And I want that for you, I really do.
If your job involves any sort of writing, (like, more than emails), you must send in a cover letter. Because you know, you need to show those b*tches on the other end that you can like, write. And I desperately want you to ditch Susan from HR, so we’ve included an all-inclusive guide to cover letters. Now you can get off to your
fifth mimosa SoulCycle instead of spending your Saturday bored AF doing work. You’re welcome, babe. If you want more career advice (and you’ve literally been living under a rock), check out our latest book, When’s Happy Hour?
How To Write A Cover Letter
When I first sat down to write a cover letter, TBH, I was completely stuck. Cover letters are odd because you don’t want to simply restate your resume, but also don’t have much else to share. I mean I could share that I’m REALLY good at chugging a Veuve-filled Chambong or may have won my Bachelor Fantasy league, but I’m not really sure a hiring manager would care about that.
Here is an easy-to-follow (even if your drunk off last night’s tequila shots) cover letter format:
Header: Personally, I love a good header tucked in the corner of a cover letter so someone knows how to contact me. If you want to be fancy, consider embedding a link to your LinkedIn. Whoever is reading this is probably on their phone or computer, and will click right through it and will scroll through all of your amazing accomplishments that way. Overall, your header should include your name, phone number, email and LinkedIn.
Intro Statement: First of all, always address a cover letter to SOMEONE. Don’t just say, “to whom it may concern”. There’s a little thing called the internet (you may have heard of it) that allows you to find out a recruiter or hiring manager’s name. In your intro statement, assume that you are in a stack on someone’s desk, so you should state the job you are applying to and a bit about yourself. This could be the fact that your a self-starter, proactive, hard worker,
A Sentence On Your Accomplishments: Without *just* restating your ahhhmazing resume, add a sentence or two on what you’ve done that is awesome AF. Maybe your background includes creating processes, coming up with strategies, growing revenue, business terms blah blah blah. The more specific you can get here, the better! You can say something like, “my background varies from to .
A Sentence On Why You Would Be Perfect For The Job: This is the moment where your
milkshake cover letter brings all the boys companies to your figurative yard. State your value proposition of why this company should literally (not literally) suck your d*ck to have you working there. Ask yourself, what problems can I solve? What value will I bring? Write this out and trust me, it will work.
Sign-Off: Sayonara b*ches, state a little “very best” or “sincerely” and send that cover letter off.
TBH, I’m pretty disappointed people don’t deliver their cover letter in person anymore, or else I would suggest pulling a full-on Elle Woods and spraying your letter with perfume.
Now go get back to applying for that job so you can get tf away from HR Susan. Mostly, I want you to be able to have a drink or three tonight. Better opportunities are right around the corner and with these cover letter tips, see you there!
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It’s not all fun and flat tummy tea when it comes to being a successful influencer—in fact, it actually takes a ton of hard work. If you want to actually make money off of posting cute pictures, it takes more than just being pretty. This week we had Danielle Bernstein from We Wore What on our When’s Happy Hour podcast to talk about how she’s built her career as an entrepreneur.
Danielle didn’t just wake up one day and decide to post sick pics. She started We Wore What 10 years ago as a sophomore in college after transferring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to FIT. Upon arriving in New York, Danielle realized there are people who actually get dressed and look cute to go to class. (The horror.) To inspire her basic friends back at Wisco to ditch their leggings and UGGs, she started a street style blog to showcase her peers’ outfits.
Eventually, as her style developed, Danielle turned the camera around on herself and transformed We Wore What into a personal style blog. She now has her own line of overalls and swimwear and has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30. So, how does she do it, and like, could you? Here’s are some of the highlights from our podcast with Danielle. For all the tricks for being successful, you’ll have to listen.
- Danielle hates the word blogger, she’s an entrepreneur (get it right, duh)
- “Know your worth and know your value” — your time and expertise are worth something (and that something is cash $$$)
- Be a fearless networker (you’ll have to listen for the full scoop on this)
- Talk to people about themselves cause everyone’s a narcissist (and do your research)
- Danielle shares, “everyone and their mother wants to be a blogger right now” so you need to find a way to stand out and look for a niche that only you can fill
- Your authenticity is your greatest value as an influencer, so learn when to say no to brands that don’t fit
- Danielle has tried the hair bear gummies and they don’t f*cking work
- Danielle loves meeting her followers and says “they’re always so cute and well dressed”—great work, guys!
- Even when you’re famous, haters can still get you down, and for Danielle, they do sometimes. But Danielle lives by the motto that “haters mean you’re doing something right”, so embrace the hate and learn why it’s actually making you more successful.
- Posts that will always fail on your Instagram: things that look too much like an ad—huge pet peeve of Danielle’s (and like, everyone)
- Just because it’s Instagram doesn’t mean you don’t have to be professional
- Get Danielle’s interview tips and tricks as well as her favorite questions to ask while searching for her own interns
For more career advice from Danielle, (and us, duh) listen to our When’s Happy Hour podcast below.
If you need even more advice (let’s be honest, we all do), order our book, When’s Happy Hour?. To follow Danielle, check out her Instagram.
The day you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: our third book, When’s Happy Hour?, is out now! You read our general life advice on how to win at everything in Nice Is Just A Place In France, you followed our dating advice in I Had A Nice Time And Other Lies, so now it’s time to read our career advice in When’s Happy Hour? (I know, we decided not to go with the “nice” title this time around. What can we say, we’re growing up.)
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In When’s Happy Hour? we cover everything from how not to format your resume to what to wear to the office to navigating workplace hookups (I’ll save you that section and say you should probably not do it unless you’re positive he’s the Jim Halpert to your Pam Beesly). And that’s not all we cover, obvi. If you’re in serious need of career advice, and your career center isn’t helping, we got you. Think of it like, all the career advice you could ever want to ask your friends, if your friends also happened to be successful entrepreneurs. Yeah, it’s going to be really f*cking good.
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The following is an excerpt from our new book, “When’s Happy Hour? Work Hard So You Can Hardly Work”, on sale NOW.
Job environment plays a huge factor in whether it would be a good fit . Say you’re really good at beauty tutorials but you wouldn’t ever want to work in a big gray-carpeted corporate office, then maybe the right route for you is freelance makeup artist. On the other hand, say you need deadlines to work, love brainstorming, and seriously care what people comment on each other’s Instagrams, well then, maybe you should be in media. Let’s discuss popular industries and what it’s like to work in them.
Exactly as The Devil Wears Prada led you to believe this job would be. Even though fashion is starting to be a little more accepting of sizes above subzero, people are still quite focused on appearance. They praise Ashley Graham on Instagram but talk sh*t about her thighs behind her back. This industry is harsh, self-important, and doesn’t really pay that much. Why are people in it? Because they care about seeming cool, or maybe because they actually give a sh*t what Pantone’s color of the year is.
If we learned anything from Silicon Valley, it’s that this world is changing faster than your tampon on a heavy-flow day. This can be highly stressful but if you’re a really skilled developer, coder, or engineer, then this is fine for you. If you’re not that good, you’ll know right away because you won’t get work or you’ll get eaten alive. If you’re a female techie, now’s the time to swing for the fences, as tech companies are needing to even out their ratios
for press purposes because they believe in diversity and being socially conscious, of course.
If you’re personable, outgoing and looking for a bullsh*t job where you get to do very little but have the opportunity to be paid more down the road, find a media job in a a large corporate company. All media companies are competing with one another, so they’re all spending a sh*t ton of money on pointless employee perks like beer on tap, expensive beverages that claim to be healthier than water, and the ability to work on a couch in a different room from your desk. Gasp.
You have to do an incredible amount of bitch work, ass-kissing, and sliding into people’s DMs to move up in this industry. Like, if you even want to write on a show, the amount of coffee you need to retrieve in your career will surpass the amount of alcohol you drank in college. If you really want to be the next Ava DuVernay, though, know that it’s going to be a lot of rejection and disappointment, but it is possible to get there, so keep going.
Rewarding AF. Not financially, though. And the only time that philosophy degree will help you is when you’re discussing Game of Thrones fan theories.
Even though the two are different, we grouped them together because they’re similar in that you have to put in a lot of work and hours—and also money—with very little sleep or salary to make a lot of money at some point very far in the future. Plus, you have to be really into reading to succeed in either field.
You’ll have to deal with a lot of bros and douchebags to be in this industry. Everyone talks really fast and assumes you know what they’re talking about when they use terms like EBIDTA and vested equity. Couldn’t care less about changing interest rates? Then don’t go into finance.
All The Other Sh*t, Like Agriculture
Honestly, this industry is the hardest to write about because we know very little about it. Aleen went to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, yet still, not much info from us. Farmers have one of the most important jobs in the country, and do you know what they have to rely on? The weather. That’s right, the weather. And then they have to deal with these huge corporations forcing them to accept buy-outs or kicking them off their land.
Yes, we left out a lot of different industries because, you know what, there are way too f*cking many, and you know what else? You’ll get over it.
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2018 is the time where it’s f*cking cool to be a woman who’s killing it in her field of expertise and living her life. There is no better example of that than Dr. Lara Devgan, a board certified plastic surgeon, the Chief Medical Officer for Real Self, CEO of Scientific Beauty and oh, a mom of six. Casual. Dr. Devgan shared her best tips for work-life balance with us on our When’s Happy Hour podcast. Here are some of her top tricks for getting ahead in your career and living your best life.
Work Hard And Be Patient
Being an “overnight success” is not a real thing. Even Kim K had to work for years to get from sex tape status to cover of Vogue. Dr. Devgan loves the saying that “every overnight sensation is a decade in the making.” You need to be dedicated and patient, because success does not come all at once, especially for us ladies. “As a woman in a male-dominated field, you’re working twice as hard to prove yourself and maybe getting half the credit,” Dr. Devgan explains. She also says that 90% of plastic surgery clients are female, and 90% of plastic surgeons are male. So obviously that’s daunting and not fair. But that’s life. And no one can change it but you. “If you work really hard you’ll be able to change the paradigms that are holding you back,” says Dr. Devgan. If you don’t like the game, change the rules yourself. Besides, Nice Girls never make history.
It’s Okay To Not Have It All
Even someone as successful as Dr. Devgan doesn’t see herself as someone who has it all. In fact, she thinks it’s a totally false concept. “You don’t have it all every minute of your life.” She explains. “You have the things you need overall, but some more at certain times and others more at other times.” Too often, the media makes us think “having it all” comes in this cute little Tiffany box your husband leaves on your bedside table after a hard work week. Like, no. The real world is not black and white. Most women are living between in the grey area of being a supermom and a killer career woman. “The way I reconcile it is that my kids are getting something out of seeing me working. They’re learning things by observing me,” says Dr. Devgan. So, you don’t just get to have everything. As Britney says, you better work, betch.
But Know That You Can Be Beautiful And Intelligent
There’s a lot of stigma around Dr. Devgan’s field, but she wants every woman to know, “You can be a person of substance and also care about your appearance. Beauty is not a zero-sum game.” Just because you want to be a CEO doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to care about how you look. Society likes to demand us to look a certain way, but then shame those who try to achieve that. Like, what’s wrong with Bella Hadid getting a nose job? There’s legit no winning, so you need to do what makes you feel best. If getting a breast reduction makes you feel beautiful, go for it. Just make sure you do it for you, not the guy in your office who suggested you get some Botox. If you want to be a boss, you have to have confidence. And it’s great to have confidence in the way you look. If you have the ability to change something you don’t like about yourself, go for it.
For more career advice, order our book, When’s Happy Hour?, and check out our When’s Happy Hour podcast. To follow up on Dr. Devgan’s astonishing life, follow her on Instagram.
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