So the debate that used to rage about yes cover letter, no cover letter, elevator pitch cover letter, blah blah blah… is starting to calm down. If you have been in the job hunt for awhile you are already pretty knowledgeable about what falls into the ‘will not read, don’t bother’ pile. On top of the short list, without debate, is the cover letter.
Recall our discussion about Application Tracking Systems (ATS)? The velocity and volume of applications that hiring managers receive simply cannot all be read so what could possibly make you think that a cover letter is going to get you through? This is an incontrovertible fact. And recruiters, especially those who work with third party recruiting software (and that means nearly all of them) confirm it.
So how do you distinguish yourself within the four corners of your resume? Take a couple of minutes to check out this recent Fast Company article and then check over your resume.
Don’t agree? I would love to hear from you especially if your cover letter is what got you the job!