If you find yourself pondering “To Cover Letter or Not to Cover Letter?” each time you submit a job application, we have some news for you. The answer is always YES, cover letter. We know it’s a drag when you don’t have a ton of time and you know that if they just look at your resume they will see you are a perfect fit for the job, but do it. Write a cover letter. If you’re looking for some quick pointers: don’t over think it,  for sure don’t start with “to whom it may concern,” and don’t include a random story about your childhood.

Cover letters are one of those pieces of the job search that are often neglected or done in a way that unnecessarily detrimental. If you are the type that loves a good example, our friends at The Muse have put together a stellar list of 31 Attention Grabbing Cover Letter Examples to inspire you.

Here are a few of our favorites…

Be cheesy if it means you’re showing your passion –

If truly loving data is wrong, I don’t want to be right. It seems like the rest of the team at Chartbeat feels the same way—and that’s just one of the reasons why I think I’d be the perfect next hire for your sales team. (via The Muse)

Explain your move, like a human – 

You might be wondering what a 15-year veteran of the accounting world is doing applying to an operations role at a food startup like ZeroCater. While I agree the shift is a little strange, I know you’re looking for someone who’s equal parts foodie and financial guru, and I think that means I’m your guy. (via The Muse)

Toss in some accolades in a creative way – 

My last boss once told me that my phone manner could probably diffuse an international hostage situation. I’ve always had a knack for communicating with people—the easygoing and the difficult alike—and I’d love to bring that skill to the office manager position at Shutterstock. (via The Muse)

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