Yes, 74% of recruiters claim that they still read them.
ResumeLab surveyed 200 recruiters, HR specialists, and hiring managers to find out what they think about cover letters. The results are fascinating!
- 83% claimed that a great cover letter could secure you an interview even if your resume isn’t good enough.
- 77% of recruiters will give preference to candidates who do send a cover letter.
- 72% of recruiters still expect cover letters even if the job ad states they’re optional.
- Surprisingly, only 38% of candidates submit a cover letter when it is required.
Guess what the respondents said is the most crucial part of your cover letter?
- “Explaining the motivation to join the company.”
You will already stand out from the competition and receive preferred consideration if you take the time to write a cover letter. So, of course, you would write one, correct?
The Goal of Your Cover Letter
A cover letter will not get you the job.
The goal of your cover letter and resume is to be intriguing enough that a recruiter or hiring manager wants to talk to you. You still need to sell yourself in the interviews and close the deal.
The cover letter is not the place to talk about what you want. It also shouldn’t be generic or replicate what is in your resume.
Focus on what the company wants and needs. The job description contains the clues that tell you what they want to hear.
You should connect the dots between who you are and what the company needs in this role. Emphasize the key talents, skills, knowledge, experience, and achievements that make it clear that you are the perfect candidate for the hiring manager.