I’m standing in my boyfriend’s (now husband’s) parents’ basement. It is my first trip to meet his parents and I want to make a good first impression. They’re removing the paneling from the basement walls, and since I used to do that kind of stuff all the time at my parents’ house, I dive in. I grab a screwdriver and start prying.
“Pop. Pop. Pop.” The nails of the paneling let go of the frame and I tear off a huge sheet. Boyfriend’s dad says something witty about me being handy and I beam.
“Pop. Pop. Pop.” I’m really on a roll now.
“Pop. Pop. Zzzzzzzzzap.” My screwdriver finds an outlet and I feel a brief surge of electricity go through me. I look down at my thumb, which is beginning to turn a shade of plum. So much for first impressions.
How do you make a good first impression in your cover letter?