A covering letter for Lisa


This is not meant as a suggestion, just to give you a break from the serious job of writing a smashing covering letter for your CV.

Dear You:

The word is out that you are looking for staff ... oh, how I wish I'd gone the ad agency route.

The description of a creative, mentoring environment makes the jobs you've advertised seem like dream jobs. And you a dream boss.

Me? I spent almost a decade chasing a career in financial services before switching to corporate and technical writing assignments. The experience I've gained in managing people and processes, in gathering information, and creating meaningful documentation has given me a well-rounded background, but I hunger for something more creative than writing SOX documentation.

After a well-deserved break from my last gig, I've been guest blogging for a local newspaper. Although it's constrained in content due to company policy, you can catch a glimpse of me here at

If I were to forgo the resume routine and send you one-line bios, they'd read:
  • Valerie Poulin is a poet and essayist, but for some reason she is frequently mistaken for a school teacher and a librarian. She has never been mistaken for an astronomer, or a scientist of any kind. 
  • Valerie Poulin is a technical writer by trade. She is chronically and cheerfully under-employed. 
  • Valerie Poulin prefers Coke to Pepsi, but 7-Up to Sprite; she doesn’t often drink soda pop. 
  • Valerie Poulin consistently spends her free time adding points of interest her obituary announcement. 
  • Valerie Poulin once considered careers in advertising, teaching, and dentistry. She dislikes popcorn. 
Do you think the online publicist position is something I could do for you? I'd be interested to find out.

If you think that there's a spot for me, please feel free to call me at 416-555-1212 to chat.

Lorelei's Date

LOL. I'll bet. I have no other comment.

The definition of strength


What do I admire most?

There's an attribute most women that I admire share and it is resilience.

It's a form of strength, or maybe it's a derivative of it, but it's especially noticeable in the face of adversity.

A friend of mine, after suffering a huge loss when her partner died said this about the tears that come with loss:

Crying does not demonstrate strength. Strength is feeling the pain, crying about it, but still doing what needs to be done.
I was struck by the raw truthfulness of this statement.

Letting go is difficult, change is challenging, but you seem to be holding yourself up to a standard that the rest of us don't. If you're not ready to date, don't. If you think you may be try it out.

BTW, you say your kids won't give you dating tips????