Is cover letter important?
Yes ,cover letter is very important.
It doesn’t have to be custom for every opportunity, but simply taking the time to outline your current situation, objectives, etc, in a clear fashion it will elevate you above 90% of the other candidates.
Cover letters are an opportunity to display effective communication skills. They offer you the chance to explain to the hiring manager why you want to work for them and what they’ll be gaining from hiring you. Spell it out for them, don’t rely solely on your resume to do the “talking.”
It is the chance to do marketing for your own.
I think the cover letter can serve a number of purposes.
- A cover letter is extremely relevant in the modern job search.
- If you are just typing up a form letter and attaching it to every resume with the salutation “Dear Sir or Madam” or “To Whom it May Concern” then at the very least it shows you can articulate your thoughts and read and write.
- The cover letter is your chance to showcase how you will fit in the organization and how you can benefit them. When it really comes down to it, the cover letter is not even about you as the job hunter, it is about the organization you are applying to. When it is combined with the resume (which IS about you, the job hunter) it gives the employer more insight into what you would be like working for him/her. It helps the employer see that you are a fit with them.
- For one, a resume often covers a great deal of information in summary. The cover letter provides an opportunity to highlight specific areas of skill or expertise on the resume that are relevant to the position. Additional detail can be provided in the cover letter that wouldn’t necessarily be appropriate (or fit!) on a standard resume.
- Another advantage to a well-written cover letter is that it provides an “introduction”. You can be specific about why you are interested in the position, and what makes you think you’re a good fit.
- Although much of the application process is done electronically, a well-written cover letter in e-mail can still provide a lot of value.
- The other purpose the cover letter should serve is to illustrate that you have spent some time reading about the position for which you are applying and that you are not simply ‘shot gunning’ your resume at every open position that remotely fits your qualifications.
- Take time to customize each cover letter you send out and spend a few minutes really reading and understanding the posting, and the company or recruiter that you are applying with and you will see a significant return on that time investment.
- Your cover letter acts as a personal introduction of your resume.