Have you noticed that it’s the low paying jobs and the nonprofit jobs the ones that still require cover letters? I find cover letters to be archaic and pretentious.

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There was a job I was actually really excited about, for a legislation paralegal for a political non-profit. And they wanted a video cover letter. Immediately turned me off from it and I didn't apply.

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That sounds weirdly interesting to me. Awful as a requirement but if I saw an application that maybe had it as an option instead of a cover letter, I’d be interested.

I *hate* cover letters and usually skip postings that require them unless I’m really interested in the role.

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