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9 of the Biggest Job Search Myths

Separate Harmful Myths from Good Advice When Job Hunting

6. No One Reads Cover Letters

Resumes contain all the important stuff, right? And with all the resumes received by hiring managers, most people assume cover letters are just outdated accessories that go ignored.

Wrong.

A quality cover letter can do wonders for your chances. Generally speaking, employers only spend about 20 seconds reading it so you have to grab their attention quickly. But by customizing your cover letter for each company to which you’re applying, you show you pay more attention to detail than the hordes of people who send out the same form letter no matter where they’re applying.