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From Swan Lake to Rock 'n Roll... and back again.

I’ve been meaning to write blogs on at least three other topics, but once I saw “Black Swan,” I’ve become a woman obsessed.  I can’t think about anything else.  Never mind that this was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.  Never mind that Natalie Portman gave the performance of her life (AND did all her own dancing!).  And never mind that I lost an entire night’s sleep because the movie was psychological torture.  All I can think about is that I want to be a ballerina again, complete with blistered feet, starvation diets, and long hours in dark, chilly dance studios.

In high school, especially the earlier years, I went to as many dance classes as my parents could afford.  I certainly wasn’t naturally talented, but I couldn’t get enough of it.  It felt amazing to dance, to move, to fly through the air, to push my body beyond its limits.  I always strived to be better, because I was never quite as technical as this girl, never as flexible as that girl.  Although I was best …

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing in reference to the position of [insert typically vague and meaningless job title here] which I learned about from your website.  My experience in [whatever remotely qualifies me for this job] is entirely applicable to this position.  It includes [my most impressive skills]…

Ugh, I am getting tired of seeing those words today, so I’ve decided to put the next cover letter on hold for a few minutes.  Through my elegant and professional b-s, I think I have successfully conveyed that I am perfectly qualified for every single job that strikes my fancy based on my previous career experience and education.  Now, if only a potential employer would agree.

I love reading a completed cover letter.  It’s only complete when I can sit back and say to myself, “Damn, I’m awesome.  I would hire me.”  Unfortunately, I’ve learned recently that I’ve been making myself appear TOO awesome.  Did you know that job candidates are just as unlikely to get an interview for a job they’re overqualifie…