Let’s face it: in 2 years as a Recruiter, I never read a cover letter.
And you know what? My colleagues did not either.
Ah sorry actually I read one cover letter because I found the CV funny…
I do remember in 1998, when I was looking for a job, I used to spend hours and hours crafting a very good cover letter for each job I was applying for. If I could send 4-5 cover letters a day, it was a good day.
You know what, when I have clients using the same way of searching for a job today I am amazed.
Amazed because (almost) all recruiters don’t even open a cover letter.
Let’s do the math:
1 hour for a good cover letter, you send a minimum of 3 highly focused applications a day
so it is around 3 hours of writing.
I prefer you to spend these 3 hours networking, going out and unveiling those hidden jobs, spending so much time on cover letters is worthless.
You need to know that truth right now…I know some people will argue that some recruiters (dinosaurs) still read cover letters.
Actually read this interesting debate, between sital and a resume writer
Stop spending time on cover letters and invest in a very short email alongside your CV.
It is more efficient, less time-consuming.
And if they are really interested in your application, they can ask for a cover letter.
Think about it: if your CV fits with the position, or if they already know you, what is a cover letter for?
Please in 2009, apply 2009 search techniques, and not 1998 search techniques.