Hopefully you’ll find this feature useful. It lets you send a unique cover letter to anybody you like. You get a short coded unguessable web link for each cover letter that you create. This means your cover letter should remain private providing the sender and receiver do not publicize the link.
Think of a cover letter like an elevator pitch that travels with your résumé. It should only take 30 seconds to 2 minutes for the reader to digest and every second should count. I’ve made it easy to include a video if you want to and this could really help you stand out from the crowd. You could start getting creative and dream up some ways to grab attention on camera.
Cover letters don’t have to be private messages sent between two people. You could easily create a cover letter that you publicize more widely (e.g. you might decide to post a link to your cover letter on HN Offers).
This is the first draft of the Cover Letter page and I think there is room for improvement. I could be wrong though, perhaps simple is better. Let me know your thoughts and if you find it useful. Here’s an example of a cover letter I created just after I lauched the private beta:
I was a bit frazzled after a long coding session and so apologies if it seems a bit rambling.