3 Great Workarounds for Job Searchers Who Truly Hate Writing

You’re ready to find your dream job.

Your resume is updated and you know exactly what sort of work you’d like to do. It’s time to launch your search full-force.

But, before you really get going, you stop yourself. You see the application calls for a cover letter, or that you’re connected to someone at the company and your best bet is to send over a note.

You freeze up, click out, and put your hunt on hold indefinitely.

If you hate writing, the job search can be downright painful. Because, while you can apply for roles that don’t require much of it, you’ll still need to flex those communication muscles to make it through the application process.

Don’t worry: There are three things you can do to make it much easier.

1. Use a Template

Writing’s a lot easier when you’re not starting from scratch. If you sit down to compose a cover letter, or a LinkedIn invite, or thank you note and you’re looking at a blank screen, it’s easy to feel intimidated.

With a template, you have a jumping off point. It gives you the confidence to know you’re on the right track, so you can spend your time customizing a sentence or two (opposed to reinventing the wheel).

Here are pre-written ones for each stage:

2. Make it Shorter

When in doubt, shorter is often better. Essentially, the less words use you, the less opportunities you have to make a mistake.

If you limit yourself to making an outreach email only so long, you’re going to save yourself from writing a 10-paragraph email with your entire career story (that the other person will never finish anyhow). Not sure what is an appropriate length? Refer to the templates above.

As far as your cover letter, you have two options. One is to cut what you already have down to a page. A second option, and my personal favorite, career expert Erica Breuer’s “Wham Bam” Message.

As she explains, “The idea is to get in, show the company that you understand its needs and have the experience it’s looking for, and get out.” She gives this example:

Hello Sadaf,

Venture for America is known for shaking up the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and I’d love the chance to contribute to this reputation as your next Company Partnerships Associate.

The attached resume will tell you about my three years of experience in sales and account management—what it won’t tell you is that I’m crazy about startups and their ability to adapt and disrupt.

I’m ready to leverage my background in a role with a team that values grit and social intelligence, and your Company Partnerships department seems like the right fit.


Of course, Breuer also mentions that this’ll only appeal to certain companies (think: efficient, fast-paced). But if that’s where you’re applying, you can get away with—and get even get further with—a three-sentence cover letter.