Aug 17, 2018 - 10:08 PM
If the job listing provides instructions regarding whether to include or exclude a cover letter, follow those directions. Otherwise, consider the worst-case scenarios for the two options.
If you send a cover letter, but the hiring managers do not like such documents, they may choose to eliminate you as a candidate. However, this is very unlikely, especially if they did not request in their job listings for applicants to exclude cover letters. The more likely consequence is that they will discard your letter and review only your resume. This is not such a bad outcome.
What if you do not submit this document, but hiring managers do prefer to receive one? The worst-case scenario is they may view you as lazy or uninterested in the job. This may seriously affect your chances of landing an interview.
In most cases, it is best not to risk it. For every job application you send, submit a cover letter as well. A compelling cover letter shows your enthusiasm and connects your qualifications to the position. Use these helpful tips for assistance with the writing process.
Sep 28, 2018 - 04:13 PM
It is bad to submit a resume without a cover letter, as crafting an appealing, commanding, and interesting cover letter can really help you stand out from the competition. Tailor your cover letter to the job’s specifics, highlighting your best career achievements. Some of the things to touch on in your cover letter include how your abilities meet the job requirements, how your skills fit the needs of the job, and why you want to work at the organization (this last one is key—you must display knowledge of what the company does in your cover letter).
Also, try to provide at least one example of how a skill you possess made a real difference in a job or for an organization. For example: “I’ve never missed a deadline (in a recent performance review, my manager called me “the fastest writer on the planet”), and I pride myself on being able to juggle many different projects.” This sentence tells an employer about your skills and how they are valued by others. The sentence also speaks volumes about your work ethic. Keep in mind that other job candidates for the position are probably sending in a cover letter, so not sending one may make you seem uncaring or unprepared, or lazy.