When you think of Leonardo da Vinci, the first words that come to mind are probably painter, sculptor and engineer. Perhaps even genius. What you might not know is that the Italian Renaissance man was also masterful at writing cover letters. I was surfing the web recently and came across this post highlighting the awesomeness of a cover letter da Vinci wrote when he was in his early 30s. It explains that da Vinci was applying for a job with the court of Ludovico Sforza, the de facto ruler of Milan at the time. The letter which you can read in full at the end of this article was so good it landed da Vinci the gig.
Here's The Incredible Cover Letter Leonardo Da Vinci Wrote In The s
Milan source: Italy Embassy in the United States detail. In Leonardo's innovative physical map of Tuscany, the tank, unable to go over mountainous terrain swiftly or smoothly enough for an attack, would only have straight paths from Florence to Pisa. In Milan, the tanks may have more success--provided the many rivers are crossable by bridge. It consists of a manuscript on paper bound in morocco leather, containing pages of various sizes that had been cut and removed from other manuscripts.
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Selling yourself often feels like a grotesque act. Instead, we tend to fill the page with false notes and empty phrases. When a something Leonardo da Vinci sought work in the court of the duke of Milan in the s, he wrote a short, bulleted list of ten skills that would have been sure to catch the eye of any Renaissance-era ruler: he could design portable, indestructible bridges; build unassailable vehicles; destroy most fortresses; and so on. His letter was brisk, convincing, and a pleasure to read.
Subscriber Account active since. Such was the case back in the s, when a young Leonardo da Vinci was coming up in Florence. Born the lowly son of a notary, da Vinci couldn't enter the "higher professions" of the city, like lawyer or statesman. Instead, his lot was that of a craftperson — a painter, to be exact. Under the tutelage of Verrochio, an established artist and goldsmith, da Vinci honed the powers of observation that would drive his illustrious career.