There is always debate among career counselors and recruiters alike as to how important a cover letter really is. I consider it an essential job search piece as it can be a strong writing sample demonstrating a candidate's skill in communication. These days, when communication can be whittled down to a LOL or BRB, any demonstration of this skill is highly valued.
Whether ten people read your cover letter or just one, it's important that it be perfectly written and include these three main points:
- Catchy introduction... why you are applying
- Strong pitch... your skills, experience, and passion for the position
- Call to action... what you want, how to reach you
Don't underestimate the power of a cover letter!
For tips on writing your cover letter click here.