Authors often use analogies to paint more detailed pictures and deepen a reader’s understanding. By making comparisons between different people or objects, writers can spotlight similarities, adding both clarity and flavor to a piece of writing.
But be careful with who — or what — you compare yourself to when you’re applying for a job. What you think will be funny or clever might come across as weird, confusing or unprofessional to a prospective employer. Consider these odd comparisons:
COVER LETTER: “I guess you can call me ‘Chameleon’ because like that lizard, I can adapt.”
A candidate who’s hiding his true colors.
COVER LETTER: “I am more powerful than Limburger.”
The world’s cheesiest analogy.
COVER LETTER: “I’m like a split personality, so put both my Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to work for you.”
We might take Dr. Jekyll, but you can keep Mr. Hyde.
COVER LETTER: “If the company I work for is a fine 1967 Shelby Mustang, and the company president is the driver, and the engineers and managers are the twin turbo engine, then I am the synthetic oil that makes the car run smoothly and efficiently.”
We're not “racing” to call this candidate.
COVER LETTER: “You give me a metaphorical pile of wood, and like a carpenter I’ll build you a success stairway to climb to the top.”
That’s quite an elevator pitch.
COVER LETTER: “Like a spaceship, I shoot for the moon (but without the clunky gear and the exciting launch).”
You haven't rocketed to the top of our list.