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Author Archive: "Christopher Frizzelle"

How to Write a Cover Letter: Advice from Someone Who Looks at Millions of Cover Letters a Day

The one thing everyone wants to know when they find out I work at the Stranger is how to get a job at the Stranger. Weird-smelling people at parties want jobs at the Stranger, people in bands who think they'd be good movie reviewers want jobs at the Stranger, people who don't get to look at porn at work want jobs at the Stranger (where looking at porn is literally part of the job — we produce an amateur porn festival), people in jail want jobs at the Stranger (or at least a weekly column until they get out?), and unpaid interns definitely want jobs at the Stranger. Oh god, do the interns want jobs! After all, "intern" is short for "give me a job."

And while it's true that sometimes an internship turns into a job — the Stranger stars Lindy West and Paul Constant and Cienna Madrid were all interns at the Stranger before becoming staff writers — that will only happen in a right-place-at-the-right-time sorta situation. You have no control over whether you're going to be in the right place at the right time. ...

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