Cover Letters Revisited

In this age of proliferating applicant tracking systems, automated job posting systems, and company career pages, the cover letter seems to be going out of style somehow. And yet, while it is often true that computers (and some recruiters) don’t read cover letters these days, it is also true sometimes they still do. Even in the face of this trend, the savvy job seeker keeps writing them; if the right one gets read by the right screener, then the extra effort was more than justified.


A few thoughts on trends include:








While it is certainly true that the odds of your cover lettergetting read are decreasing with the introduction of newer technologies, the ultimate mathematical equation of job search still trumps all others: it only takes one. If that one cover letter gets you in the door – what do you care what the odds were?


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