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Cover Letters: Are They Necessary?

23 June 2015 By Emily Hohf

CoverLettersAreTheyNecessaryIn this age of technology, communication via paper and postal mail continues to diminish.  So, are cover letters necessary for the job hunt?  We think so!  A well-crafted cover letter can leave a positive impression in a potential employer’s mind and help them better understand your experience.

Include a cover letter in any job description that asks for a cover letter or doesn’t mention it.  It’s a good idea to include a cover letter even if it is listed as optional because it shows you are willing to put in extra effort to be thorough.  The only time you should not include a cover letter with your application is when the instructions say explicitly not to.

So, why is the cover letter important?

It acts as a first impression.  Since the cover letter is the first glimpse of your personality to a potential employer, it’s important to include in your application.  Be sure to identify yourself and let the reader know why you and the job are mutually beneficial for each other.

It highlights your qualities.  A resume highlights your skills and your experience, but you can point out your qualities in the cover letter.  Take a moment to explain the qualities that make you uniquely qualified for the position.  Things to include might be that you have a positive attitude, enjoy talking to people, like working in teams, are intrigued by the industry, etc.

It shows you are motivated.  Putting in the extra effort to include a cover letter in your application shows that you want the position and that you are motivated.  Even if the employer doesn’t end up reading it, they will know that you took the time to create a cover letter and are willing to go the extra mile.

It displays your writing and communication style.  Your cover letter is a way to prove your writing and communication skills to potential employers.  Take this opportunity to show that you can write a message with personality and purpose!

For a cover letter to work in your favor, it should be well-written.  Since hiring managers will probably be reading through many cover letters, short and sweet is best.  Keep it to three paragraphs or less by keeping your message succinct and compelling.  If you need help, the Career Services Center at Pioneer Pacific can help you tailor your message to the job description and help set you up for success!  Visit us to learn more about how we can help you with your job search after graduation.

 

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