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Do cover letters still matter when applying to new jobs?

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No. Don't waste your time. Write a good thank you email after the interview.

Not really. If a job portal asks for an optional cover letter I would still put one. But generally speaking everything is done through AI now which doesn’t work very well on cover letters

What you need is an ATS certified resume template or it won’t get past the ai

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