On April 13th, we celebrate the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, one of the principal authors of the Declaration of Independence (not to mention, the second ever Vice President of the United States). Little did you know, Jefferson’s talents are a great model for drafting cover letters.Now that Jefferson is long gone (and, thus, doesn’t book speaking engagements anymore), most of us remember Jefferson for his eloquent writing. But his famous rhetorical style and command of the language didn’t always extend to the spoken realm. As a public speaker, Jefferson was considered awkward and shy. Jefferson’s complex relationship with spoken versus written communication is not uncommon. If you consider yourself shy (and look forward to interviews like Novocain-free root canals), you probably recognize this already. And you’re in good company! Jefferson was obviously no slouch, and when he had to accomplish a goal with words, he didn’t let his shyness diminish his powerful voice. You don’t have to either. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you draft your cover letter and prepare for the work that lies ahead.