You probably know that you should write a cover letter for your job application, but you may not know many of the finer details of this practice. For instance, many new jobseekers wonder if they should even bother writing a cover letter if the job ad doesn't ask for one. The answer to this common question is yes. In fact, we recommend including a cover letter for every job application, no matter what. The only situation where you should not include a cover letter is if the job description specifically asks for you not to include one. If it says nothing on the matter, assume that a cover letter is either expected or optional. In either of those cases, including a cover letter helps your chances. Remember that this document serves to catch hiring manager's attention and encourage them to read your resume as well. Not including a cover letter just one of several common mistakes that we can help you avoid when searching for a job. Learn all about how to improve your application as much as possible.