The majority of cover letters are never read. Most cover letters typically only summarize content that is included in a resume and recruiters have a limited amount of time, so the recruiter goes directly to the resume.
If you mail your resume, you should always include a cover letter. If you apply to a job online and the applicant tracking software suggests that you include a cover letter, then by all means include one.
If you send your resume as an attachment to an email, I suggest that your cover letter should actually be the body of your email. I suggest using what is commonly called “The Tee Letter” for your cover letter.
Here is a template for the Tee Letter:
I am writing to express interest in the position of “Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx” (reference #xxxxxxxx). I have included a copy of my resume for your review. You will find that I have extensive experience in xxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxx, and xxxxxxxxx.
Below is a comparison of your job requirements and my qualifications:
|Your Job Requirements||My Qualifications|
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your job requirements and my qualifications with you. I will contact you in a couple of days to follow up. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
The Tee Letter actually matches your three important qualifications to the exact requirements for the position. By using the Tee Letter format, you are doing a lot of work for the recruiter.
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