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When applying for jobs it may be tempting to send in your resume without a cover letter. Cover letter writing can take time, especially if you are tailoring your cover letter to a specific job opening. But cover letters can be crucial to your overall job hunting success. Here are some reasons why you need a cover letter.


Cover Letter Tips

  • A cover letter can give the employer valuable information about you as an applicant that may not necessarily be on your resume. Although you should include your key skills and work experience on your resume, you probably won’t have a lot of room on the page to elaborate. Your cover letter will give you the opportunity to elaborate on your skills and can offer an insight into you as a candidate especially if you include examples of work or successful projects.
  • Your cover letter enables you to demonstrate your knowledge of the company that you are applying to. You should use the cover letter to talk about the organisation and why you are interested in working for them. Not only will this demonstrate to the employer that you have done your research but it also demonstrates your passion for the company.
  • Including a cover letter can help you to stand out from other candidates. Not everyone will write a personalised cover letter to the employer so in doing so you set yourself apart from your competitors.
  • Sending a cover letter with your application can also help you to assess your own career goals. Writing down why you want to work for the company, why you want the job and where you see your career going can ultimately help you to feel more focused in your job hunt.
  • Writing a cover letter is good preparation for a job interview. You will need to spend time researching the company in order to write a good cover letter and this research will help you when it comes to answering job interview questions.

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