The Cover Letter Conundrum
It is safe to say that at least 80% of letters are never read. The level of the position being advertised has a lot to do with this, because of course there is more per-stake at stake for higher-level (higher-paying) positions. Even then, the resume is the vehicle with which all the information is to be delivered, and everything else is simply “different.” In my opinion, the CV needs to be rewritten if the CV does not convey the message that the candidate hopes to receive. A wonderful cover letter will not replace a lousy resume for anyone.
Keep in mind that most applicant / applicant tracking systems have no room for storing cover letters, so they are rarely included in a database profile for external agencies or internal HR / recruitment groups. In the event that there is no space to save, there is little chance that a recruiter will open a document in addition to the resume. Most recruiters review over 100 CVs for each position they hire. This does not apply to every position in which they work, regardless of whether they are staffed or not. The sheer volume of information strongly contradicts the notion that recruiters take the time to read cover letters.
After all this negativity, let me address three scenarios in which a cover letter is appropriate. The first is when the job posting makes a specific request. There is not much help for that. Secondly, a CV will be sent to an e-mail address and not submitted via an online form. In this case, the e-mail message is the cover letter and should take a few moments to highlight qualifications, skills, availability and interest. And in any case, it should be written professionally with the right grammar and punctuation. The third is unfortunately if you are a senior professional. These people should (at least) have a boilerplate letter for no other reason than proof of their written communication skills.
Cover letters that are not included in e-mails should still be fairly short and direct so as not to affect the CV itself. It is not possible to remove all redundant information, but it is a good idea to keep it to a minimum. The letter should be written in the standard format for business letters and include the following: An introduction where the CV is objectively treated as a review and review document, a section summarizing the qualifications, a section dealing with availability and interest , and a business release, z “Sincerely,” or “Sincerely.” Beyond this information, you run the risk of undermining the reader’s interest as well should be on your CV.
It’s hard to know that something you’ll spend time on is unlikely to be taken into account, but if it’s appropriate to send one, you do not want to get caught without one. Everything that has to do with CVs and cover letters is subjective, and there is no solution that satisfies everyone. Therefore, it is best if your basics are covered if someone reads something.