A well-written cover letter to accompany your resume is essential. Still, many people choose not to include one. This is all the more reason for you to do so.
Cover letters provide employers with a way to get to know you beyond your resume and can be an essential factor in whether or not you get an interview.
Here are the top five reasons you should always use a cover letter when applying for jobs.
- They give you a way to introduce yourself to the employer and explain why you are interested in the position.
- They allow you to sell yourself and highlight your skills and accomplishments most relevant to the job for which you are applying.
- If it is well-crafted, it will show that you have researched the company and the specific job you are applying for and that you are a good fit for both.
- It provides another opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism and ability to communicate effectively in writing, which is vital for many jobs.
- Finally, it provides a chance for you to connect personally with hiring managers, which can give you a leg up on other candidates who did not submit one.
Cover letters may seem like a lot of work, but they are definitely worth the effort. By writing a tailored and professional cover letter, you will show employers that you are serious about the position and that you are the right candidate for the job. This, in turn, will significantly boost your chances of landing an interview.
Take a Close Look at Your Job Search Strategy
If you are sure your problem isn’t your career marketing documents, it is time to take a look at your job-hunting strategy. Or worse, your lack of a job-hunting strategy.
You’ll continue to suffer through your job search until you realize you must make a plan and focus on what is most impactful and “cost-effective” in order to get results.
Blanketing job applications in response to advertised openings is usually not a cost- or time-effective way of landing job interviews.
While you don’t want to overlook applying for advertised jobs, you shouldn’t spend much time or rely on them as your only technique. The ads are often placed even though someone has already been informally chosen for the position.
Instead, you must become that in-the-know person chosen before the ad goes up.
This means that your new job-hunting strategy should be both more specific and more personal.
Networking Connections Are Essential
Unless you have very specialized, hard-to-replicate knowledge, education, or training, most employers would rather hire people they know. Failing that, they’d rather hire someone that their neighbor’s friend knows.
Any connection is better than none.
It’s about trust. Put yourself in the place of the hiring manager. Wouldn’t you rather interview and hire someone you know is responsible and can be counted on to get the work done? Wouldn’t you rather hire someone who gets along well with others?
These and other basic trust and dependability questions would go through your mind if you were on the other side of the job interview.
Hiring someone you know (or someone you are somehow connected with) is a shortcut to getting these basic yet essential personal qualities and work characteristics.
If the employer interviews and subsequently hires someone they don’t know at all, they may find out the person is undependable, or worse, find this out a couple of months after hiring them.
Firing is time-consuming and expensive for a business, as is renewing the search for a new candidate and then training a new employee. Employers will go to any lengths to avoid this waste of time and money.