People ask me daily, “Do I really need a cover letter?”|
day I answer, “Yes, you do!”
The cover letter is an essential document in your job search. If you want
to end up on the “contact for an interview” list, read on to learn how a
professionally written cover letter can benefit you.
A cover letter announces what position you would like to apply
Imagine you are a decision maker for a Fortune 500 company. This company
receives over two million internet hits daily on its careers page. Now
consider how many resumes might be submitted each week. Without an
accompanying cover letter, the hiring manger has to weed through the resume
pile, attempting to discern what job-seekers are applying for. It is likely
that many of the resumes end up being tossed aside. Sending a cover letter
keeps the hiring manager from making assumptions when it concerns your
A cover letter offers an added opportunity for you to market
What do you have to offer an employer that is distinctive? Do you have
interests or expertise not listed on your resume? Sending a cover letter
allows you to explain more of your “features and benefits” and demonstrate
all of your unique qualifications. If you are willing to work extended hours
or weekends, you can include this information as a unique selling point.
A cover letter allows you to explain details you avoided in your
Why is there a large gap in your employment history? Are you changing
careers? Why are you interested in XYZ Company? Why are you applying for a
job in Tampa when you live in Denver (was it a mistake or are you
relocating)? You can utilize your cover letter to answer many questions a
hiring manager might have when reviewing your resume.
A well-written cover letter demonstrates excellent communication
In every job, communication is important. Even if you do not directly
interact with clients or customers, you will interact with coworkers and
supervisors in meetings, in the lunchroom, and over the telephone.
It’s well known that job-seekers with good communication skills are
highly sought after in today’s job market. Sending a cover letter suggests
good business etiquette and proves that you have common courtesy; both are
qualities of someone with solid communication skills.
A cover letter provides you the opportunity to ask for the
Yes, you should request an interview, and you can do this without asking
an actual question. Tell the employer how much you would love the
opportunity to meet with them. As an added bonus, you could explain what you
plan on doing for the company once you get started. If you’re feeling
confident, go ahead and say you will call to arrange a meeting with them.
A cover letter can reveal that you have done your homework on the
If you illustrate that you know a few things about the company, you will
seem more believable when you express how enthusiastic you are about the
company and how excited you are by the opportunity. Sending out the same
generic cover letter template to 50 job announcements just can’t create the
Jennifer Anthony is the Director of
offering professional and affordable resume writing services. If you
have comments about this article, or if you are interested in
learning more about professional resume writing, please contact
Jennifer Anthony by e-mail