Aug 16, 2018 - 10:08 AM
Many jobseekers misunderstand the purpose of the cover letter. Unlike the resume, your cover letter is not meant to sell your abilities or experiences. It is a good idea to mention these elements briefly, but this is not the main purpose of the letter. Instead, think of your cover letter as an introduction. The most successful cover letter simply convinces the reader to take a look at the candidate's resume. Do not make the mistake of assuming it is a guarantee that the hiring manager will even review your resume. But a strong cover letter will get them intrigued.
Sep 11, 2018 - 07:08 PM
It is important to write a cover letter for an entry level job if the opening is highly competitive, and in general for any role where you are likely to be competing with numerous other applicants for a limited number of openings. That may include junior analyst jobs at an elite consultancy or tech firm, the first job after completing a degree, associate level jobs at retail, food, or hospitality establishments known for desirable work conditions, assembly/operator jobs at a brand-new factory, or hard hat jobs in a location where new openings are scarce.
No matter what role you are applying for or the stage of your career, you need to stand out as a candidate. The cover letter is one of the best ways to do that. As an entry level employee, it shows determination, maturity, communication skill, and preparedness. It also says to the employer you really want the job, and are eager to take the first opportunity you can to describe what you can bring to the job, even if you are a new workforce entrant. It is also a good skill to cultivate early in your career, as you will likely need to call upon it many times throughout your career.