Essay Cover Letter

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With some media outlets reporting that cover letters are dead, writing one may seem like a waste of time. An estimated 47 percent of applicants did not include one with a recent application, and only 26 percent of recruiters thought that they were important. [1]

With that said, there is still an importance to making a cover letter in 2017. They may be less relevant today, but applicants should still have one ready. Executive positions and higher-paying jobs tend to require one. Even some lower-earning jobs require a full resume and cover letter. To apply at every prospective position, applicants need to be ready. [2]

The goal of cover letters is to introduce the applicant and capture the hiring manager's attention. While some hiring managers never bother to read the entire application, some will read your cover letter. There is no way to know which type of hiring manager you will end up getting. Just in case, you should prepare a cover letter that …show more content…

They allow you to create a narrative about why the employer should hire you instead of some else. If it is well-written, it distinguishes you from other applicants. It is also the best place to address any concerns that the employer may have about your application. In your cover letter, you can explain why you have an employment gap or your willingness to relocate. [3]

Some applications do not specifically require you to send a cover letter. When this happens, send one in anyway. Even if they never read it, it shows that you are a highly motivated candidate for the job. The only time that you can skip this section of your application is when you apply online. If the application does not include a spot for uploading your letter, then you do not need one. You also do not need one if the employer specifically details what they want from an application and never mentions a cover letter.

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