A Cover Letter to America

Dear Employers of America,

My name is Matt Barnthouse, and I am competent.

Or at least, I think I am.

Like many people in their early 20s, I am being exposed to the harsh realities of the job market, and finding out how difficult it is to continue a path towards your dreams. Heck, sometimes it is even hard to find a job to make ends meet at the end of the month.

As many people know, my dream is to become a basketball coach, particularly at the college level. Also, as many people know, there just aren’t a lot of jobs in the industry, so you better have a second choice while you work for your first.

So, that is what I am doing. I am in graduate school, teaching public speaking while volunteering for a top-25 team that I cannot name because I am not officially on staff, but if one connects the dots, one should be able to figure out which team that is.

However, the nature of teaching is that there is not any work in the summer, which means I am temporarily unemployed. As it turns out, finding a summer job is very difficult! Once you have your bachelor’s degree, many opportunities are no longer available, reserved for either recent high school grads, or those that are in undergrad.

For somebody that needs to work to make ends meet, that can be a difficult pill to swallow. That is why I write this letter. My name is Matt Barnthouse, and I want to put food on the table.

Countless applications later, I am still looking for a job. Looking for anything that can help make ends meet.

What skills do I bring to the table? I work hard, bring energy, can write, can do graphics, have experience working with children, working countless basketball and sports camps, as well as experience managing both people and projects.

Sometimes, that doesn’t matter. So, let me tell you what else I can do: I can get your dry cleaning. I can make you coffee. I can take your garbage out. I will mow your lawn! Want me to flip burgers? I’ll do it. As long as I can pay rent and put food on the table, I will make it work.

You don’t have to love your job. It doesn’t have to be your passion, but you have to be able to make ends meet. I firmly believe that I am qualified to make ends meet. Now, I just need to find somebody that believes that too.

My name is Matt Barnthouse, and I am competent.

Here are my Communication, Basketball, and Camp resumes. 

Communication Resume

confidential ResumeBasketball Resume


Camp Resume


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