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Is it dangerous to announce innovative ideas in cover letters?

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Is it dangerous to announce innovative ideas in cover letters?

Postby lorimar » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:36 am

I have this idea dealing with a current software program...I want to apply to an internship & in the cover letter they want to know what kind of stuff I'm interested in doing at CompanyX. Could I explain my idea to them? Or would that be risky? I feel like they could take my idea and run with it and leave me out of the loop.

I've done google searches for my idea and i'm not sure if its been put into action yet.

However I have no experience in the field (other than an intro level class)..could a good idea help me get an internship and not get screwed over?
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Is it dangerous to announce innovative ideas in cover letters?

Postby kirklin » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:37 am

I have this idea dealing with a current software program...I want to apply to an internship & in the cover letter they want to know what kind of stuff I'm interested in doing at CompanyX. Could I explain my idea to them? Or would that be risky? I feel like they could take my idea and run with it and leave me out of the loop.

I've done google searches for my idea and i'm not sure if its been put into action yet.

However I have no experience in the field (other than an intro level class)..could a good idea help me get an internship and not get screwed over?
It would be premature to give away your thoughts about an innovation. You have to have the job first. Likely you cannot win at at this. Such jobs may involve creating something like a patent that only your employer owns. Look at your employment terms closely.
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Is it dangerous to announce innovative ideas in cover letters?

Postby weiford » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:39 am

Stick to the basic rules of a cover letter and I would recommend not to go into details about your ideas.

If your skills and work experience warrants a job interview then I would say its a good chance for you to pitch your ideas.

However, in your case if you have no experience then I would try and talk to someone in the company. Be creative and try get into a conversation with someone there that may be interested in hearing what you have for them. Send an email and see if someone will have a cup of coffee with you. But to put it in a cover letter would be difficult.
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