3 Reasons You Need a Cover Letter
Many people participating in the job search process may skip this step of creating a professional cover letter for each application, but it’s so important to include it, and here’s why:
- Shows Effort – Anyone can upload a file with their work history, this takes very little effort to submit a ready resume. However, your cover letter should be tailored to the job you’re applying for. It shows you are very interested and willing to put in the effort. Even if the recruiter glazes over it, which yes some do, it will show you’re committed to earning the position and going above and beyond even when not asked. Don’t take chances with your chances. This is one more thing you can do that will prove you want the position.
- Required for some Postings – This one is obvious, but if the job posting says it’s required, then you had better submit a cover letter if you want a chance. A cover letter shows effort, as discussed above, and it shows you follow directions. You’d be surprised how many people don’t submit all of the required or requested documents during the application process. Make sure you complete all requirements when applying for a position, however tedious it may seem.
- Showcases your Value – It is essentially a one-page elevator pitch. If the position requires certain experience, and your resume shows the same experience as another candidate, the cover letter is what shows your value. It shows that you write well, you know how to sell yourself, and gives you an opportunity to tout some of your unique skills.