Don’t write a Cover Letter!

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 - cover letter, CV Writing, Professional CV


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The great “do I or don’t I write a Cover Letter” debate carries on with renewed gusto, particularly in the modern eMail world.

Many guru’s argue that in an eMail, Cover Letters are not required. They are of course right, in that the eMail is your Cover Letter. So no need for a separate document labelled “Cover Letter,” but put your pitch in the eMail – and ideally, fit it all above the fold.

So should you write a Cover Letter? Simply, if you can’t be bothered to do the research on the company or the position, requisites to communicate and connect with your reader, then no. However, also accept that in doing so, you probably should not apply. If you don’t write a Cover Letter, then your chances of rejection go from 25% to 80%.

If you play the odd’s, and are a professional who wants that job, then you will write a researched, communicative and engaging Cover Letter. In summary: don’t write a Cover Letter – unless you do your research.

Good Luck!

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