Ah, the cover letter. That piece of paper intended to introduce yourself and to persuade the reader to, well, read further. Or to explain something obvious that you’ve attached or enclosed. Whether you’ve given up on cover letters because they are useless or whether you swear they are necessary, here are our best posts on dealing with them, writing them, and ultimately responding to them.
1“I believe I received the worst cover letter ever written last week. It wasn’t that the job seeker, a soon to be graduating law student, was unqualified. It was just the liberties that he took in trying to convince me (as well as everyone else that read this form letter) that he should work for my firm.” FromResponding to a Form Cover Letter.
2“Here’s the deal. You forward my resume to the hiring partner or committee, with a note that the firm should take a close look at me. If hired, I become your bitch. I’m not talking sex. I’m talking the following. FromNix the Crappy Cover Letter, Let’s Talk Kickbacks.
I started my summer job recently and, prior to my first day, had a head full of typical first day anxiety questions. Will they be nice to me? Will I know how to do what they ask me to do? How often do they have snack day? Does this suit send the right message? Will anyone even notice me? Is this the kind of place that uses 1 ply toilet paper to cut costs? Do they use Lexis or Westlaw? (Because I’m only proficient in one, contrary to what my résumé implies.) And the one that plagued me most: do they really know who they hired? Keep Reading ⇒
They say “No good deed goes unpunished,” but John Davis never thought it would lead to a run in with authorities. Davis recently exited a highway off-ramp only to see a man in a wheelchair asking for extra cash. Davis sympathized with the man’s plight and gave the man a couple of dollars. In the process one dollar fell to the ground. Moments later, Davis was pulled over by a Cleveland cop and ticketed for littering. Specifically his offense: “Throw paper out window,” and in parenthesis, “money to panhandler.” Davis’s one dollar good deed has turned into a $500 fine. Keep Reading ⇒
QFirst of all, I actually read your column but mostly for the occasional humor and to hear about situations that lawyers get themselves into. But I don’t read it for advice because I’m what you call a happy lawyer. I like what I do, love the practice of law (family law mostly), and enjoy working with my colleagues. Plus, I get paid fairly well in my market.
No, I’m not fresh out of school and, yes, I have student loan debt, plenty of it. But I’m happy because I wanted to be a lawyer and am now a lawyer and loving it for three reasons: 1) it’s challenging; 2) I like solving problems; and 3) people respect me. So, my question: why aren’t you happy? Or, maybe put it this way: what makes lawyers so unhappy? Keep Reading ⇒
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Even for a boutique lawyer, there’s no way to ever get 100% away from work. Even if the other lawyers in my firm had the time or inclination to help me out—which they don’t—there’s a lot of “getting up to speed” in a case that is required to make effective arguments. And by “getting up to speed,” I mean none of my files are sufficiently notated for another associate to jump right in. Most of the big-picture strategy is locked away in mi cabeza. I’m generally not playing a team sport. Keep Reading ⇒
Her last book, The Happiness Project, is an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. It just hit its 62nd week on the New York Times Best Seller list. Keep Reading ⇒