Why write an application letter so dry that even you wouldn’t want to read it?
For Ph.D.s, figuring out how to describe your "transferable skills" is a lot harder than it looks.
A CV and a cover letter are not just redundant vehicles for the same information.
How do you approach the job market if you are a traditional Ph.D. applying for an interdisciplinary opening, or vice versa?
Your objective is to get an interview. So make sure your letter isn’t just informational, but persuasive.