Today is a much different age in terms of doing business. Many of the things that worked before no longer work today. An example of this is resume writing. It used to be a good practice to stuff one’s resume with as much information and details as possible.
Even if one’s interests and hobbies are not in any way related to the open position, people put it in their resumes anyway. But these days, resumes are much more concise and relevant. If a person stuffs his or her resume with too many information, he or she runs the risk of a discarded resume.
One aspect of sending or writing resumes that is worth looking into in terms of current relevance is cover letters. In today’s business world, is writing a cover letter even required? Better yet, will attaching a cover letter to your resume make a favorable difference or will it just increase the risk if your job application being ignored or worse, rejected. That is the question we’ll be answering in this article.
I believe it all my heart that sending a cover letter together with your resume is a wise thing to do unless otherwise instructed by the prospective employer or the recruiter. There are several reasons why I believe so.
Consider cover letters as opportunities to sell brand You. With cover letters, you can sell yourself and your services as a brand much better pretty much the same way top companies market or promote they’re top of the line brands or products. The biggest advantage to being able to sell your brand very well is a significantly higher chance of catching the attention of your prospective employers’ hiring managers. When you do that obviously, increase your chances of Landing that very important job interview, which is key to getting your dream job.
When you’re able to distinguish yourself from the rest of your competition, you also maximize your potential to be hired with a very high salary. Remember that first impressions last and that your cover letter is your opportunity to make that very important good first impression to your prospective employers’ hiring managers.
Let’s face it, resumes are expected to be formal in nature most of the time. As such, the ability to immediately build rapport with your prospective employers hiring managers is relatively low. But imagine if you’re able to build rapport with hiring managers even before meeting them? Can you imagine how favorable it would be for you in terms of your job applications? Can you imagine how much your chances of getting one foot in the door via an interview can increase?
Attaching a cover letter for resumes help Infuse them where is the necessary amounts of personality, vibrancy, and life, all of which can help you establish Rapport even prior to meeting hiring managers personally. And it goes without saying that you increase your chances of getting a favorable response from them about your job application.
By giving your prospective employers’ hiring managers a glimpse of your personality and your brand as an employee, you can give them an idea whether or not you’ll be a good fit with a company’s corporate or organizational culture. That’s why it is very important that you are able to craft your cover letter very well. Otherwise, your cover letter may make you shoot yourself in the proverbial foot.
To help your cover letter make your resume and your application really stand out, consider including accomplishments that are not found in your resume. You can even make your cover letter a bit more revealing than the resume you attach it with. The top cover letters are those that reveal significant details about your achievement and skills, personality, and energy levels. Through your cover letters, hiring managers can get a feel of who you are as a person, ideas about the things you’ve accomplished already, and an easier time seeing how you may potentially fit in your potentially new job.
Even if you’re considering applying for an internal position, meaning an open position in the company that you’re already working for, cover letter is still a great way to establish connections. Just because you’re already in the company doesn’t mean the bosses in other departments already know you that well to assume that you’re a good fit for the position and for their group. This is especially true if you’re working in a very big organization where people hardly know each other. Consider your internal application to be an external one and don’t take for granted the power of attaching a cover letter in terms of establishing Rapport and connection with the people who will be deciding whether or not you’ll at least be considered for the open internal position.
Observe most of today’s TV commercials and you will notice one thing. They tell stories. Why? It’s because storytelling can be a powerful way establishing connection and rapport with other people, help them associate or empathise with you and the point you’re trying to make, and win them over to your side. Major news organizations are jumping in on the bandwagon as well. If you notice, these organizations are becoming less and less objective in the way they report the news and are becoming more and more personal in their approach, especially when it comes to reporting discrimination, bigotry, and hate crimes, among others. By telling stories, they are able to effectively communicate with their audiences and keep them glued to their news programs.
It shouldn’t be any different when it comes to your job applications. When you’re able to tell a good or compelling story through your cover letters, you significantly increase your chances of winning over your prospective employers’ hiring managers. You are able to bring them on the same page or frequency when it comes to your job applications’ goals or objectives and possibly look up on your job applications with more favor.
Some of the things you can include in your cover letter help you tell a good story are names of mutual referrals or contact, how your prospective employer will benefit by hiring you, an explanation as to why you’re changing careers, going back to employment, moving residence, and other very important things related to your career.
One of the best ways to make sure you tell a really good story through your cover letter is to become very familiar with the open job or position. Learn what is it exactly that the job or position requires in terms of skill, tenure, work experience, and education, among others. The more you’re able to know about these important aspects of the job or position you’re after, the better you’ll be able to write your cover letter and maximize your chances of getting that job you’re applying for.
That being said, it appears that attaching a cover letter to your resume is a one-hundred-percent foolproof strategy for getting your dream job. While I cannot overemphasize the benefits of attaching a cover letter to your resume, I also cannot overemphasize the wisdom of not attaching one at all.
So when is it considered unwise to attach a cover letter to your resume? Simple, when your prospective employer specifically instructs applicants not to attach one. That’s it. That’s the only time you should not attach a cover letter to your resume.
But you may be thinking,” why not include a cover letter as well just to be sure? After all, what harm could there be in insisting on attaching a cover letter to my resume?” The exact harm there is that you are communicating to your prospective employers or their hiring managers 1 of 2 not so good things: Either you’re very incompetent to follow even the simplest of their actions or you are a hard-headed and stubborn employee who does not submit higher authority. Take your pick but either way, you will just be shooting yourself in the foot if you insist on submitting a cover letter together with your resume despite instructions from prospective employers or their hiring managers not to.
Given the benefits attaching a cover letter your resume, it’s about time that you have that one in yours, unless otherwise specified by the employer or the hiring manager. Doing so can only result in higher chances for successful job applications.