Cover letters whyyyyyyyyyy

If I hate cover letters as much as I do (and oh god, I do) and I once made a living writing, how do other people feel?Particularly programmers, who may not have had any training in writing? Why are these archaic things still required to get a job? Someday I’m going to make good on my oft-promised threat and send a letter that simply says: “Hi, my name’s Jessa, and I am awesome. You should hire me. Here’s my resume and portfolio website! Sincerely, Jessa.”

Unfortunately today is not that day. I am not yet that courageous. Maybe someday when I don’t actually need the job I’m applying for. It’s good to have goals, right?

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

Ok! Friday I identified a couple places that I want to work and started at my computer for a little while being frustrated that I have to write cover letters. Then I read some more of Eloquent Ruby and called it a day. Motivation! I also decided that I’m just going to forgive myself for not finishing the bookstore project, merge the branch I was working on forever and come back to it in a little bit. I’m so tired and frustrated with it. I will come back! Just…maybe in a few weeks.

Today I am going to apply for three jobs: one with a company where a couple of my friends from code school work, one for a  New Media Software Developer with a news station in Raleigh and one for an ecommerce site in Canada. I’ve never been to Canada! Depending on how next year’s elections turn out, that may be a valuable contact to have in my pocket. It’s actually interesting, the Canadian company emailed me…so what’s the process for that? Do I just write him back and say I’m interested? Do I fill out an application through the site and then let him know? Hrm. The one advantage to being so new to all this is that I can successfully cry ignorance and ask for help. So maybe I’ll do that!

After I apply for the three jobs I’m going to reward myself by going to the gym, and then this afternoon I’m going to work on code. I’ve been thinking that maybe going back through my TIY projects might be helpful; hopefully in two ways: both to remind me how to do the various tasks and boosting my self-confidence because they’ll (hopefully) be easier than they were the first time. People keep telling me I need to work on my own projects, but I don’t really have any ideas for actual things. I’ve never been super imaginative.

Today I expect to learn how to apply for a job in Canada for which the first contact was made by them! It’s an exciting life I lead.

Unemployment: Day 1

Don’t worry, I’m not actually going to number these the same way I did the apprenticeship ones. I just figured that I’d mark the occasion numerically. Technically yesterday was my first day of unemployment, but I decided to take a day to be lazy. I got my hair redyed and then came home and pretty much watched Daria for the rest of the day until Kevin got home. It was great!

Also, my hair is BRIGHT PINK! It's so awesome; I'm basically Jem right now.

Also, my hair is BRIGHT PINK! It’s so awesome; I’m basically Jem right now.

Today, however, it is time to get back to work. Or, at least, it’s time to plan a path to getting back to work. Although highly organized schedules almost never actually work for me, I love making them so, and I really need to avoid spending the entire day on Minecraft and Facebook and then wondering why I’m not finding a job. So! Priorities! Programming! Searching for a job! Reading/studying/tutorials! Working out! Possibly writing a blog post about my fear that having suuuuper hyper feminine hair will hurt my changes of getting a job because of unconscious bias against women in tech! (What do you folks think?)

The last time I was unemployed, Kevin was working on his game so neither of us had anything approximating a normal schedule. This time, he has to leave the house to go to work, so I’m going to just stay on his schedule, which I think will help. I also think I’m going to stick to the format from my apprenticeship posts, asking the agile questions every day and using them as a guide.

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

Yesterday I learned that I still remember a LOT of the dialogue from Daria. I’m sure those of you who have met me in person will be SHOCKED to hear of my love for that sarcastic cartoon lady.

Today I’m going to get everything prepared to hunt for my next job. I’ve talked to a couple people about opportunities, I need to follow up and either get them information that they’ve asked for or get clarification on what they need. I’m going to make a list of websites, companies and organizations that either aggregate jobs or that I want to work for. Are there any job fairs coming up?

I expect to learn that I really hate job hunting. This isn’t news, but man, I really hate job hunting. Who invented cover letters, and where’s my time machine so I can go back and prevent that travesty from coming into existence?