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Cover Letters: Are they really important?

Updated on Oct 19, 2012 5262 views

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!

Hey, before you send that next job, write a good cover letter for it....... Good luck!


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