Applying for Real Life

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Applying for Real Life

Trying to create a cover letter for my first ever real-life, big-kid job is the most intimidating thing in the entire world. I keep reading through and finding new mistakes and thinking I’m not adding everything I should and wondering whether the public relations field would prefer it started with this greeting or ended like this and OH MY LORD. Cue hyperventilating.

I’m a senior and it’s February which means I need to start this process as soon as possible. This job needs to be applied for within the next couple days. I’ve been trying to avoid it and hope that it gets magically completed for me…any takers? Any at all? Ironically I dreamed last night that I was missing a class and couldn’t graduate at all. They kept telling me I had to stay until the following semester. Since I stare at my APAS (Academic Progress Audit System) daily I know this is impossible, but it’s obvious all these grown up fears are creeping up on me (even in my subconscious).

I think I need to remember that whether it’s a grown-up career, internship, or part time work study…it’s all just another job. This whole process is just life. Some things are more important and there’s  more at stake, but if this job doesn’t work out there will be another, and another, and probably even another. I often get caught up in the finality of the moment. That this single word document will make or break my career. Apparently I have a flare for the dramatic. If this cover letter doesn’t surpass their standards, I can only learn and improve upon future ones. It’s all a learning experience. Every, single step.

It’s impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.

– J.K. Rowling

Anyone else applying for big kid jobs right now? How are you feeling about your cover letter? Any advice to keep a relaxed mind during this process?

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