The Top 4 Reasons You Should Include a Cover Letter with Your Resume in 2023

Cover Letter  - July 2023 Job Seeker Newsletter

The Top 4 Reasons You Should Include a Cover Letter with Your Resume in 2023

Regarding job applications, many candidates wonder whether including a cover letter is still necessary in today's digital age. While it may be tempting to skip this step and solely rely on a well-crafted resume, a cover letter can offer significant advantages that set you apart from the competition. Employers all have an application process, which often will give you the option to include a cover letter. So many job seekers never want to take the time to do a cover letter; especially if applying to numerous jobs with one click applications. If you want more interviews, you may need to rethink cover letters.

Here are four reasons why you should take advantage of including a short cover letter with every application:


1. A cover letter provides an excellent opportunity to express your genuine interest in the position and the company. It is important to tailor your cover letter to the specific job you're applying for, and convey that you've taken the time to research the organization. Whatever you do, personalize the cover letter for each job. Many cover letters are addressed to the wrong company or person, which is an immediate red flag.


2. Cover letters allow you to highlight an essential skill you need to get the job. Your optimized resume is the key to getting the interview. Whatever you do, don't rewrite your resume in the cover letter. Instead, figure out the primary skill the employer seeks and use one sentence to confirm that you are excellent in this area.


3. A cover letter lets you add a personal touch to your application. If known, you can address the hiring manager by name and establish a connection immediately. By tailoring your letter to the specific company and job, you demonstrate that you've done your homework and are genuinely interested in the opportunity. Personalization shows that you're not just sending out generic applications but are invested in the role and the organization.


4. Use a cover letter to help with any red flags in your resume. Sometimes, aspects of your application may require additional explanation, such as employment gaps or a career shift. A cover letter lets you provide context and help explain how your experiences have prepared you for the position, helping to alleviate any concerns the hiring manager may have. By directly addressing these issues, your chances of the employer calling you to set up interview increases.

One thing is for sure. If your resume is not optimized for the job you are applying for, many employers will not even read your cover letter. However, when an employer likes your resume, the cover letter will reconfirm your interest in applying and add some personality to the resume. This will help you stand out from other candidates and increase your chances of securing an interview. So, don't overlook the power of a compelling cover letter—it can be your ticket to landing your dream job.

Back to listing