Should you give free advice?

I got this message from a colleague the other day:  

Quick question (if that’s ok - i don’t want to ask for free advice since this is your livelihood!) - should a cover letter be brief, or go into detail."

I responded with this:

I would give some detail that highlights what you want to make sure they don't miss

Then I added this: 

And please don’t hesitate to ask for any “free advice” -- I give it all day long and sometimes I even turn it into content.

Then I tweeted this:

Quick Tip: Give free advice then turn it into a blog post or other content! Great way to kick off a #contentmarketing strategy.

Then I wrote the blog post you're reading now. 

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