I don’t care what anyone says…
I am going to continue to tell every job seeker who will listen, to use a cover letter.
There’s a lot of debate about whether candidates should complete cover letters or not… Rightfully so, because the anti-cover-letter folks do make a valid point in that, not all hiring managers read or care about cover letters.
What adds more fuel to the fire job seekers set to their cover letters is, even some recruiters advise against writing cover letters. But these are likely agency recruiters, and not corporate recruiters.
When job seekers get the privilege to partner with a good agency recruiter in their job search, virtually, the recruiter is the candidate’s cover letter. Look at it this way. If the recruiter doesn't think that you’re a great candidate, they won’t submit you to the client. And when recruiters do submit a candidate, ten times out of ten, they sing their praises to the hiring manager about how amazingly match-made you are for the role. In other words, in the case of working with an agency recruiter, neither the hiring manager nor the recruiter could give a *hoot* about your cover letter.
However, when sending an application directly through an ATS or to a hiring manager, job seekers should always use a cover letter. It’s true that not all hiring managers read them, but the fact is, some still want or require them. While some hiring managers may toss them right in the garbage bin, others think job seekers who don't include cover letters are despicable.
"Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know WHO you're going to get."
From the very bottom of my heart, I know that people only hate cover letters because they take entirely too long to write them. Or they think the generic ones are a waste of everyone’s time (true).
So I want to teach you a cover letter strategy that isn’t generic and doesn’t take too much time.
<Briefly introduce yourself, the position you’re applying for and how you heard about it, and, finally, introduce your core competencies.>
<State your most recent job position and its functional purpose. Tell the reader what you do/did and how you do/did it. Toot your horn… talk about the incredible contributions you've added to the organization.>
<Share your career story and your future goals. Then reference the position you’re applying for exactly and its key requirement, as well as the requirements you fulfill based on the job description.>
<Wrap it up! Thank the reader for their attention, reiterate your excitement for the role, and tell them the best way they can reach you! (If you’re relocating, discuss that here as well).>
That's how you write a cover letter in the right way. If you structure your cover letter like above, the only part that you’ll need to adapt to each job description is <Body Paragraph #2>
(Again, Body Paragraph #2 references the position you’re applying for and its key requirement, as well as the requirements you fulfill based on the job description.)
This approach only takes minutes!
Good luck with your cover letter! Or, I hope I've encouraged you to start writing them.