Anyone have tips on writing a cover letter without referring to anything in the resume?

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Is there something you want expressed that doesn’t come across in your resume? Maybe you have a unique experience you want to briefly elaborate on. Also, I’ve found googling templates and examples to be extremely helpful as well. Good luck!

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Focus on substantive highlights and your motivation to transition to your firm of interest ...what attracts you to said firm?

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Are there any potential short-comings in your experience or other red flags an employer might perceive from skimming your resume? If so, it can be very effective to address those in the first paragraph (ideally first sentence). Don’t waste any time explaining why any objection they may have is not what it seems and instead is potentially a unique value proposition that you bring to the table. For example, older attorneys who have tons of experience may be perceived as top senior to work under younger managers when such attorneys may want a change of pace and aren’t ready to retire, but have an incredible wealth of knowledge that an employer can get for a lower investment.

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Product Marketing is on fire!! Did anyone else have a similar experience?
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