I’ve been watching my 16-year-old fumble through the process of getting a summer job. She’s in the “I applied but they didn’t call back” stage right now.

This got me thinking about all the job solicitations I get and how little resumes matter in a tight job market. One solution to the candidate glut is to stand out not with your resume, but with your approach, particularly the cover letter.

Here’s one story of a guy who did his cover letter homework and landed a plum web design job.

Tags: Cover letter, Resumes, Industry, Job Market, Dream job