Knowing how to write a good cover letter can be the most challenging part of the job application process. While you may wonder if it even gets read, many recruiters and hiring managers believe that a good cover letter has a significant impact and could be THE most important part of your job application. Though in this ever-connected age of email and Slack and Snapchat, is there still even a need for a cover letter? Well, the answer is yes…most of the time.
Writing the Cover Letter | Department of English | University of Washington
Searching for a new job is a time-consuming endeavor. By some estimates, the typical worker takes about six weeks to apply for, interview and finally land a new job offer. And across any industry and level of work, there's one step to the process that's bound to slow down even the most qualified and enthusiastic candidate: the cover letter. But findings from one new report offer some motivation to draft a good elevator pitch, even in a time when cover letters are becoming increasingly optional. That means, out of every 10 resumes where the applicant might not have the right work history, set of skills or management experience, eight job seekers are likely to advance, as long as they can make up for it in their cover letters. A similar share always expect the document, even if they're not required in order to apply. While cover letters can give candidates a leg up on the competition, they come with a major caveat.
You've found the perfect job, hit the "apply" button, and started the process with your engines revved and ready. But wait! Slam the brakes!
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