Now, this has gotten a lot of minds wondering. Is it really worth it to write a cover letter? Do recruiters still read them? Is the cover letter dead?
Well, I really can't give you a definite answer, but what I found out from how we review a candidate is that, yes, "sometimes" it will be read. Other times, it doesn't, and you can go on and actually get away with just sending in your resume – especially when you network your way into applying for that job.
We really can't predict what recruiters want, but having a cover letter, or a cover email if you're applying online will give you an upper hand in ways your resume doesn't. When applying for that job, it's always advisable to be safe than sorry. A cover letter allows you to highlight your best skills that your resume can't, demonstrate your passion, and show your willingness to learn and put in as much effort as possible.
However, if you're cover letter is as sloppy as that sloppy Joe burger, you're probably not going to get a call from that company. So, take the time to write and perfect your cover letter that it reflects you in the best possible light. If you don't know how to write a cover letter yet, check this article out on how to do it.
If you know how to write one, but need to perfect it a little more further, here are a few tips to do so, as well as a sample template that you can download at the end of the article:
For you to craft a really compelling cover letter, don't just rely on the job description they provided, instead try to understand what the company does, what they're trying to achieve, and what they're pain points are.
Go through their website, read articles written about them and the highs and lows of the company. Go a little bit further by drilling down into their LinkedIn company profile, or profiles of executives and employees. Yea, it takes a lot of stalking for you to get the information you want. That research will help you fine-tune the messaging of your cover letter later on.
2. Keep it short.
If recruiters take the time to read through your cover letter, they won’t have long to take in what you’ve written. Always prioritize readability over flair in writing, and make sure not to exceed one page’s length when it comes to writing your cover letter.
3. Don't state the obvious.
The whole point of writing a cover letter is to personalize your application, so repeating everything will just defeat the purpose. The cover letter and the resume should show two different things about you.
What's written here is things you usually can't express in a resume, such as why a specific experience makes you fir for the job, or why you're passionate about their organization.
Remember through, whatever you choose to write, keep it short, simple, and professional. Don’t go overboard.
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