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What Goes on a Cover Letter and How to Write a Cover Letter? Easy.

imageReady to write the best cover letter ever? Here’s how. Don’t write one. Yep. Cover letters really suck and can actually ruin your chances of getting a job or working for that company you’ve been trying to get a call from. What I am about to tell you is the biggest secret that most recruiters #FAIL to tell jobseekers and applicants. COVER LETTERS are meaningless. They are worthless and again can ruin your chance of getting that job. Here’s what I am saying…

Most companies that have more than 100 people have a recruiter or Human Resources (aka HR). Also, they have a lot of resumes they read every day. The bigger the company, the more resumes. The more resumes, the less time they have to respond and the LESS TIME they have to review the resume, much less a cover letter. So, why waste your time writing a cover letter? So here is the deal, most folks that write a cover letter use the same one and slightly tweak it as the years go by. AND if you APPLY ONLINE….and you upload your cover letter….that cover letter is forever associated with your resume. Cover letters are never deleted in Applicant Tracking Systems. And, when a recruiter runs a search through internal system and sees your resume, they might find your cover letter you used 5 years ago when you had less experience begging for the Business Analyst role and now you’re a Project Manager.

Also, a lot of hiring managers are soooo particular about grammar and I’ve had managers reject technical candidates because they didn’t properly use the correct incorrect spelling of an application. True! So, don’t write a cover letter. There is always some person who will read it and say you are NOT qualified because you spelled scrum instead of Scrum. Scrum is a proper noun and requires capitalization. And you know what? I hate people like this. I want to knee them in the groin.

You know what a cover letter (or is it Cover Letter…see I hate this!) is just a summary of your resume. And, the working professional already has some sort of summary at the top of their resume. So having a cover letter is like having a summary of your resume summary! Wow. See. You really should be paying me for this advice.

The biggest reason for not ever-never writing a cover letters is time. Time is something you can’t get back much like the resume and cover letter you uploaded to that company years ago. A cover letter takes a lot of time to maintain, update, revise and send out. Do you have that kind of time? No. You don’t. You can use that time to do something like walk your dog, write a poem, watch House of Cards or even make out with your significant other. So you see. Cover letters take a lot of time and effort. You have to keep up with them and they constantly change as your career changes. So, it’s better to not ever-never have one.

Cover letters are often not needed these days since you’re not mailing them or faxing them over to an employer. If you feel that you really need a cover letter then let me know why. I’ll be glad to tell if you need one….well, or talk you out of it even if you’re fresh out of college with zero experience.

About Michael Glenn

I am a talent acquisition consultant, trainer and motivator for jobseekers and recruiters. I specialize in helping others find opportunities and bringing top talent to companies.

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