Aug 21, 2018 - 06:24 AM
You may have heard rumor that the cover letter is dead, save for maybe for those who wish to enter the writing field. However, though there are a lot of resources out there that perpetuate such a rumor, don't be too hasty to trash your cover letter just yet.
According to findings published by FastCompany, 78% of employers cited "personality" as the most desirable trait in employees. So, if you wonder whether or not you need to include a cover letter when applying for a software developer job, the answer is a resounding "yes."
Though a resume does an outstanding job of show casing your hard skills, it doesn't provide a great platform for illuminating your soft skills, or your personality. That's what your cover letter is for.
That said, if you're wondering whether you absolutely need to submit a cover letter or if you can forego the whole tedious writing process entirely, rely on the job description for your answer. Does the job description say, "No Cover Letters" or "Cover Letters Required?" If it says either/or, do what the description says. However, if it says, "Cover Letters Optional," ask yourself how badly you want the job. If you REALLY want the job, send a cover letter. If you don't, skip applying altogether.