It is not about the cover letter or your resume, it is about you. Learn how to tell your story through writing, or explain it properly. The rest will follow. The secret of a well-written cover letter is to learn to write well. The secret of an interesting resume is to have done interesting things. So do interesting things and learn to write about them.
I believe the format how any story is presented is not as important as the content of it. You are the one that know it better than anyone. And you are the creator, the main character of that story. Now, go and tell it, do not be shy. If you find the right listeners, they will be engaged. If they are not listening, then go and look further.
As Benjamin Franklin said:
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Good stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Unless you would like to write your biography you provably are in the middle. But in the middle of what? The best way to find it out is to start writing your story, build it intriguingly, and learn some basics of writing. Use any of these resources to get better at it: Persuasive Writing Guide, Copywriting 101.
To me, the main point is to know your story from the beginning to the end. You should have it clear, and the more you will write about it the better you will get at telling it. Whereas this would make your social skills better, or get you the next job, it will make you a more skilled professional. Is hard to believe how many people lack on storytelling, presenting or on persuasive writing. You don’t have to list it on your resume, you just have to bring it with you anywhere you go!
Inspiration for this post came from:
If you are craving for more: Keep reading the Know Yourself First article that was published last week and is highly related to this one.