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Cover Letter Content and Format?

What format do you all use when writing cover letters? Do you keep it to five paragraphs with intro - 3 main points - closing and just plug and play relevant details for each role you're applying for OR do you write one straight to the point paragraph totally tailored to the role for which you're applying?

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AlecBaldwinsHairline
Valued Contributor
+5
SDR Manager
People look at cover letters?

The last job I got, I didn't even have to submit a resume.
braintank
Politicker
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Enterprise Account Executive
Amen. If the company isn't reaching out to you you're doing it wrong!
stanrym
Valued Contributor
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CEO
keep it in "cold email" format. not too long. short and sweet.
JuicyKlay
Politicker
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AM
That's a good way to think about it!
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
I hate cover letters. Such a waste of time, similar to uploading your resume to only have to type in everything on the next screen.Β 

But keep it short and tailored to the job.Β 
Kodiak
Politicker
+5
Senior Account Executive
Agreed! Cover letters are pointless. The only time I'd see value in a cover letter is if I was hiring a writer.Β 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Usually a paragraph, but I think it's worth trying to get creative
JuicyKlay
Politicker
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AM
I've been doing more QR codes that link to personalized intro videos and have had some good feedback/interviews on those.
Chep
WR Officer
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Business Development Team Lead
Smart thanks for the tip!
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sickofthetoxic
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down voters are marketing spies
Straight to the point highlight what your resume can't, the soft skills, the pain points
braintank
Politicker
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Enterprise Account Executive
I haven't written a cover letter since applying for my first job out of college. In the age of LinkedIn and HR using hiring software, they're irrelevant and unnecessary. If you're ambitious reach out to the hiring manager directly.
JuicyKlay
Politicker
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AM
I like this answer! I will say I’ve been getting more interviews when I’ve attached cover letters vs not having them though.Β 
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