So you’re scouring the internet for a new job because your current employer has figure-four leglocked you into submission. Or, you’re ready to get off the couch and onto someone’s payroll. You peruse the job boards until you come across a posting that makes your eyebrows jump with optimism. You click it as your limbs tingle in delight. You read through the job description and it seems like it was written specifically for you.
It’s your dream job — or at the very least a better one — and you’re excited about the opportunity to apply for it and fantasize about throwing the deuces to drudgery. You look through the applicant requirements and see they’re requesting a resume and cover letter. Nothing out of the ordinary. You’ve seen this a bunch of times so you already know the drill.
You open your resume and agonize over the wording to make sure it fits exactly what the company’s looking for. You’re happy with what you’ve come up with and you’re ready to submit. Then you remember you still need to attach a cover letter. You open a blank word document and stare at the blinking cursor and the negative space it’s created. You type a few lines, hit delete, then say fuggetaboutit. You download a cover letter template from some random site, or use one you’ve saved and fill in the info where it tells you to. You attach your resume and cover letter then click submit. You pat yourself on the back, cross your fingers, then go back to work or tv.
You may have just cost yourself the opportunity of a lifetime.
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