One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA. Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is...
Not every computerized or human screener pays attention to cover letters, but an applicant had better assume that a cover letter will be screened. After all, executive career coach Phil Rosenberg reports that most hiring managers he surveyed had passed on candidates with great resumes because of their inadequate cover letters.
Cover letters are a concise way to communicate your value to a company, and some recruiters and hiring managers do use them to winnow candidates. They demonstrate your attention to detail and anticipation of the company’s needs. They may seem like small stuff, but sweating the small stuff could make the difference between making the cut or missing your chance.
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Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.
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Sales vice president Patricia K. is taking charge of her job search with a letter and a resume that catch the eye and tell a story.
Do cover letters matter? Do recruiters and human resources managers even look at the correspondence that accompanies your resume and job application? The answers vary widely even among career experts and HR pros, many of whom have strong opinions on the matter.
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