[For an assignment in the greatest class I took in college, “Dangerous Words.” We were supposed to write a cover letter for an imaginary job application. This is mine.]
I am applying for your job as “Mattress Tester” which was listed in the Oregonian and on Craigslist. As I have been sleeping in beds every night for nearly 27 years, I feel I am well and uniquely qualified for this job.
My parents raised me in a home in which beds were the norm. I have slept on many different mattresses, and feel that I can distinguish not only good ones from bad ones, but which ones may be good for children or the elderly, due to issues of size and accessibility. I can also evaluate frames as to their stability, durability and dimensions. I have experience with cots, futons and the most luxurious of mattresses, including memory-foam mattresses, and can tell almost immediately whether a bed is comfortable or not.
In my past experience evaluating mattresses, I have often even worked double-shifts so that my assessments are thorough and detailed. My dedication to sleep and the accoutrements that accompany it has been commented on many times by parents, friends and housemates. Please consider me most seriously for this position.
Thank you for your time and kind attention.