Oct 02, 2018 - 01:12 PM
Cover letters are a truly important part of a job application. A cover letter is not always easy to write, it’s true. But think of it this way—two equally qualified candidates may apply to a job. If one of them submits a well-written cover letter and one doesn’t, which one is the hiring manager likely going to choose?
It’s true that some hiring managers don’t read cover letters. But, how can you know on the front end if your hiring manager is one of those people? You can’t know. Which is why you must include a cover letter with every job application (unless the job ad clearly states that a cover letter isn’t needed). A cover letter offers you another chance, outside of your resume, to relay your personal story/professional narrative. Your main goal with the cover letter is to tell a compelling story as to why you’re The One for the job. Make sure your cover letter accomplishes this! Tie the cover letter to the most critical needs and requirements that are profiled in the job ad.
The bottom line? Cover letters are not optional. If you want the job, write a cover letter!For additional guidance on cover letter writing, navigate to LiveCareer’s How to Write a Cover Letter section, which is available via the Cover Letters tab at the top of the LiveCareer homepage.
Aug 10, 2018 - 08:13 PM
One important aspect to remember is that the cover letter should not repeat the same information on the resume. You want to present new materials. It should discuss the reasons why you want to work for this company as well as why the job is ultimately attractive to you.
In some cases, the employer will read the cover letter before reading the resume. That is why you always want to send a cover letter even if the job description does not explicitly ask for one. You want to play it safe. A well-written cover letter should convey the following information.
• How your personality will fit into the company’s culture
• Why this employer is your employer of choice
• How you fundamentally understand the business’ values
• How you will fit into the company dynamic with your values