Like a hamburger and fries, your right shoe with the left, your glasses on your nose and your chair at your desk.....so does a cover letter go with a resume! So often the question still comes up, “Do I need a cover letter with my resume?” YES! They go together!
Long gone are the days when a cover letter with an attached resume was hand delivered to a company but the changes in technology simply relate to the method of delivery and in no way should that impact the decision to exclude a cover letter. The impression you make determines your fate and a cover letter gives you the opportunity to present yourself as the perfect candidate by highlighting the qualifications you have which directly relate to the job description. Since it is highly unlikely you will ever be the sole candidate, consideration must be given to utilizing every tool available, especially a cover letter which could potentially offer the competitive advantage needed to secure the position you are seeking.
Most often a job posting does not provide a name but this is simply an opportunity to do your due diligence to discover the name of the hiring professional and personally address them in your cover letter. My #1 resource for uncovering the name of a hiring contact is LinkedIn. Try using the Advanced People Search feature (https://www.linkedin.com/vsearch/f?trk=federated_advs&adv=true). Enter the company name and perhaps the keywords “HR” or “Human Resources” or the job title the position reports to. There are always those who will not make the effort and you just might position yourself ahead of the competition.
There are many things that go together and certainly it is a choice to have a burger without fries or wear your glasses on your head rather than your nose but don’t ever make the choice to send a resume without a cover letter. It is as critical as offering a handshake upon entering a job interview. One without the other could take you out of the competition simply because, they go together! For more information on cover letters and e-notes, read my blog: http://aneliteresume.com/cover-letters/cover-letters-attachment-or-e-note/.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Martin Buckland, President of Elite Resumes, is a leading resume writer, career coach and job search strategist with a global clientele. Martin currently holds the following certifications: Certified Professional Branding Strategist, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Job and Career Transition Coach, Certified Job Search Trainer and Co-Pilot Executive Coach. Visit my website at http://aneliteresume.com/.Back to Candidate blogs