Cover Letters: Are they really important?
It is usual practice for job seekers to send CVs without cover letter.These days our cover letter seems to be only: 'Sent from Blackberry Wireless'.
Anyway, before we proceed, the question is: What is a cover letter?
A cover letter introduces you! It says a lot about you in a minute. It includes all you may find difficult to include in your CV. As a HR professional, am not really interested in your 'Sent from Blackberry Wireless' cover letter; rather am interested in knowing you!
So find below some cover letter quick tips:
- Do not use a default cover letter. This is very important as each job comes with its unique requirements. It is a blunder to use the same cover letter for different unrelated jobs.
- You may decide to spare the HR personnel some stress by leaving out your course of study, year of graduation and school attended in your cover letter, unless otherwise stated.
- Edit your signature. Use signatures that sell. Using a signature like 'Web Application Developer' while applying for a web developer position is better than using 'OG The Man'
- Your cover letter may just be the push you need for that job. It deserves the extra time!