With the growing popularity of professional online profiles like LinkedIn paired with the minimal time recruiters spend looking at documents, there has been debate as to whether cover letters are still necessary.
While there have been arguments that the uptrend of applicant tracking systems (ATS) means cover letters are no longer read, many employers ask that they be included with applications. It really comes down to the position you are applying for, the company and its size and the preferred method of the hiring manager.
What’s more, even if you aren’t required to send a cover letter, some experts suggest writing one anyway. Career coach Tara Orchard told Monster.ca that is always useful to create a formal cover letter. “Although you may decide not to include a copy with your application, it forces you to focus on the key points of who you are and what you have to offer,” she said.
With that in mind, we had Venngage put together an infographic offering 10 tips for writing the perfect cover letter:
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