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Discussion on: Don't waste your time on a portfolio website

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Johannes Kettmann Author

Thanks a lot for your insight. I personally also never wrote cover letters, to be honest. And I didn't mean a separate document that you send next to your resume. Not sure if the term cover letter was correct!?

What I thought of is for example when you apply via email. Just write a couple of lines that show that you actually researched the company a bit and are really interested in the position. Many candidates just send a generic text like "Dear Madams and Sirs, my name is XYZ and I'm interested in the job as XYZ in your company. I'm bla bla bla". An application like this will easily go on the trash pile right away. But if you have a bit more customized message that proves that you're interested and not just sending out mass applications.

The risk is, of course, that nobody reads it, as you already said. So also here I would be very focused and not spend too much time. I'm also not sure how this works with large job platforms and companies that use applicant tracking systems to be honest...

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Christopher J Bednar Jr

"Just write a couple of lines that show that you actually researched the company a bit and are really interested in the position"

In that case, then I agree with you :)

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Johannes Kettmann Author

I'll reframe that in the blog post :)