I see a lot of critiquing of cover letters here. I'm a bit intimidated by how good some of you are at critiquing and I don't trust myself to be expert enough to comment so I don't. I'm impressed, though! My question for those of you in the know is - Are they really even read? Here's why I'm asking. I had to interview for my own position yesterday (see my previous post if you don't know my situation. ) and I saw stacks and stacks of hundreds of resumes on a table. Some people tried to get really creative using decorative paper, colors, etc. One packet even had a big lollipop attached to it. Knowing my superintendent, I'm not so sure how that went over. They were also of very different lengths. Some were very brief and some extremely wordy. All were highlighted by the HR person where the applicant stated what position they were seeking. I have to wonder if anyone is reading them or if they're just sorted by position and the resume is getting a quick scan to see if they have what is being sought. I'm sure if the applicant makes it into the "maybe" pile, the cover letter is at least scanned, but I seriously doubt someone is reading the cover letters of every single applicant. Also, quick anecdote. One time, I made a glaring grammatical mistake on a thank you note. I think I said something along the lines of "I would welcome the opportunity to be teach at your school." Oops - I was in a rush to get it in that day's mail and I didn't proofread. I only realized it later because I had typed it and it was saved on my computer. In the end, I was offered the job anyway so I wonder if anyone reads that as well. What do you think?