Where do I start on the topic of Cover Letters? Some people in the HR/Recruiting community write long essays on the proper form and content of a cover letter. Some have even monetized cover letters and offer writing services to people in need. But my advice to people in search of a job is, Don’t Bother! The fact is that I never read cover letters. When I receive one, I feel sort of bad for the person who sent it because I assume that they put considerable time and effort into it. It is a complete waste of everyone’s time. I have “read” tens of thousands of resumes and have gotten to the point that I can determine in a glance whether someone has what I am looking for. I assume that anyone putting a cover letter together has something to explain, and I’d rather judge for myself before reading propaganda.
Your time and energy should be toward spent making your resume STELLAR to SELL your as a successful, valuable change-agent that a company needs. Don’t waste your time drafting a fluffy cover letter when no one cares. If your resume is solid, you won’t need a cover letter and honestly if your resume isn’t solid, a cover letter isn’t going to help you that much. Resume’s can be a valuable tool to advance your career, so put your time and effort into crafting a world-class resume and skip the cover letter altogether.