In job search circles there are discussions about whether or not to send cover letters with resumes. Some people believe you should always send a cover and others never send one. There are a few who will send a cover letter only when requested.
Each group has valid reasons for their choice. I would like to know what you think. In the comments below, share your thoughts about cover letters. There are no right or wrong answers. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Come back again to see the opinions of others.
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Most often when I apply for a position the option to include a cover letter is given. I feel that you should take this opportunity not only to give the reader more information about yourself, but because the reader can see you took the time to write a cover letter. If you do not include a cover letter when the option is available, it could appear that you are lazy and unmotivated.
I am aware that some recruiters do not read cover letters because they are too busy. However, I would suggest that a recruiter take a few seconds to scan the cover letter as they are likely to gain some additional and important information that is not included in the resume because resumes cannot be more than 1-2 pages nor do you want it to become too “wordy”. To any recruiter reading this blog, please consider the importance of a cover letter relative to learning more about a candidate that cannot be included in the resume, and in many cases, being able to see the candidate’s writing ability unless they go with a “cookie cutter” letter and you will recognize that immediately. I believe cover letters offer a lot of value to the hiring company.
Nancy, Thank you for taking the time to comment on this post. Cover letters contain additional information that could make a difference in choosing candidates to interview. Any company looking for the “idea” candidate should read cover letters to get the whole picture of the person.
All the best,