Here’s a common complaint we often hear from readers and job seekers: “I don’t want to spend ages drafting and editing the perfect cover letter! Cover letters are dumb! I don’t think my potential employers are even reading my letter at all, and besides, aren’t all cover letters basically the same?”Our answer: yes, most cover letters follow the same basic format. Applicants usually state the job they’re applying for, then restate the key items and highlights of the attached resume before politely signing off. But here a few reasons to invest some serious attention in this aspect of your application.