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While many companies and job postings do not require a cover letter in the application process, it is
highly recommended that you always
The Practical Approach: If you have a prepared cover letter, then when it is requested you
are not scrambling last minute to put one together.
have a professional and polished cover letter already prepared.
Why have a cover letter?
The Job Search Savvy Approach: A well crafted cover letter, even when not required, may
serve as an enticing introduction to your résumé and give you an advantage over the next
candidate who did not take the time to write a professional and polished cover letter.
What is a cover letter?
A cover letter introduces you to a prospective employer and directly
relates your qualifications to the specific job to which posting you’re
applying and it highlights or refers to your résumé content.
A cover letter is the perfect place to
weave together your experiences with the position qualifications
make it obvious to the recruiter why you are such a spectacular,
qualified candidate for the position
entice the reader to want to read your résumé
Moreover, a cover letter not only offers you the opportunity to link
your unique set of talents, experiences and interests, but it also serves
as a formal introduction of your professional self to someone who could
influence your job search. Additionally, a cover letter prepares the reader
for the details and experiences captured in your résumé.
WARNING: It is important to keep in mind that just as a cover letter can increase interest in your résumé,
a poorly written cover letter can lead the hiring manager, recruiter or human resources contact to skip your
résumé and you as a candidate altogether.
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