If you are looking for a job, you probably have heard from multiple sources how important cover letters are. You may have also heard about a new concept called a pain letter. You may be wondering what a pain letter is and how it is different from a cover letter. Is it really a good idea to write a pain letter? First of all, the idea behind a pain letter is to call attention to a problem or issue in a company and propose a solution. Theoretically, you impress the employer by having an understanding of the industry and they think your solution may work, and so they hire you. This is vastly different from a cover letter, which you write in response to an advertised opening and which expresses your enthusiasm and abilities. We do not recommend you try the pain letter strategy. It is a risky idea that more often results in offending the reader. Even if your letter is perfectly respectful, you are essentially guessing what a potential issue may be and it is likely that you will be off base. Writing a cover letter is a much better strategy, especially if you implement our writing tools.