When applying for a job online, do you need a cover letter with your resume?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: do you need a cover letter with your resume?
    YES, cover letter is 100% necessary. : (50 votes)
    83 %
    NO, a cover letter is NOT necessary. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Type up a general non-specific cover lever for all jobs. : (5 votes)
    8 %
    Other (please tell me!) : (4 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    1015 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    In my opinion, definitely necessary.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Yes, and you should write a different one for each company.  If you don’t send one, you look lazy.  There should a spot to upload additional documents.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @MrsTVLover:  Yep. It must be a cover letter tailored to the job and the company. You should also tailor your resue to match specific positions.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I always attach a cover letter. It gives the employer a chance to see your writing style, and get a little better sense of your personality.

    I definitely got my current job only because of my cover letter, as I am an undergraduate & was applying again graduate level competition.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    As a Career Coach and former HR Rep I can tell you that your cover letter is increadibly important.  It’s really your opportunity to show you’ve done research on the organization and the position you’re applying too and you’re providing details on how your skills/experience match their needs.  You should be using a different cover letter for each position you apply too.  As well, try and pull in details from the companies vision, mission, values or strategic plan that you relate too, or take a look at what community organizations they are involved with that you have a connection too.  Employers will always say the number one thing they are looking for is the candidates fits with the organization.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Yea….I rarely do cover letters but if I REALLY REALLY want a job, I’ll write one up. I hate them. Despise them. LOATHE them. My skills are all on my resume and I can tell you everything I would put on a cover letter in an interview…and cover letters are 90% PURE BULLSHIT anyway. You don’t care about the company most of the time, you’re not thrilled to be working with a company you’ve always dreamed of working with, and you probably aren’t as great at all the things you listed as you say you are…you need a job, a paycheck, or a way to get where you want to go.

    When I graduate, if I’m not able to transfer/ get promoted within my current company, I’ll most certainly be writing cover letters. Even if they’re total BS, you do what you need to do to get the job lol

    ETA: I’ll probably have to attend a cover letter workshop when the time comes. I interview fantastically and my resume is great for my age & experience level but cover letters are my weakness. I’m a straight to the point person.

     

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Hello! I actually work in a university career center and manage one of these websites… Normally, you can upload multiple documents to your account, and you can name them so you can pick which one to use to when you “apply” though the site. Depending on the employer’s settings on the job description, they can allow or require you to upload a cover letter, but often our employers do not select to require it. 

    You can do two things- 1. If in Word, insert a page in front of your resume, write your tailored cover letter, save as PDF, then upload to the system saving it as LASTNAME_First_CL_Resume_Company (or something of the sort so you know what it is and they know who and what it is.) or 2. If you have your resume saved as pdf, write the TAILORED cover letter and save that as a PDF, then can compile the two PDFs into one, and upload that new document and use it to apply. This allows you to write different cover letters and easily compile new documents for each employer. 

    I also tell students that sometimes in the description the recruiter will direct applicants how to apply- including email address. If you bypass the system, you can control your message better than using the standard message that goes when you apply through the system. It is not beneficial for me as the site administrator, since I am less informed, but it is better for the applicant to know exactly what is being sent. 

    Long story short- YES. Always include a cover letter that is written specific to the job, and include a cover letter that is targeted to that job title. 

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @soontobemrsm11:  I help people with cover letters for a living, and I don’t event like them. They are inherently difficulty. But a good cover letter can help to get you that interview, where you excel. You made the comment that you don’t care about the company, and that is kind of what they are looking for- why hire someone who doesn’t care about the company??

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I hire staff a few times a year and I always ask for a CV and a cover letter.    If there is no cover letter you get put in the rejct pile.    No cover letter = no job.   If you want to work in advertising or marketing, it is even more important to show off your personality.  Sell yourself.  If you can’t do that, then you’ve wasted your time getting that degree or wanting to work in that field.   Since you are a new grad, you probably don’t have loads of experience and you have to sell yourself even more and a cover letter is your place to do it.   The cover letter should be your chance to shine and show who you are as a person in addition to your professional competencies.   If an employer has a choice between a candidate who takes the time and effort to do a good cover letter or one who can’t be bothered, the choice is obvious.   ALWAYS WRITE A COVER LETTER.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @BrownPlaidBook:  I totally understand that question. The answer is because I may not care at that moment, but once I’m employed, I’m an EXTREMELY loyal employee. Most people want a dream JOB or CAREER not a dream employer. If I get to do something I like, I don’t have any specific wants about which company I’m working for. As I work for the company, I develop loyalty very quickly as long as they are actually a good company.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    With the number of applicatnts in the job pool your chances are diminished greatly, if not altogether lost without a cover letter in most fields.

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I used to do hiring and interviewing, and I would not even bother looking at a resume that didn’t have one. Furthermore I would overlook generic cover letters. 

    When you are a recent grad there is going to be competition for jobs. Better to have it than to not have it,

     

    Post # 16
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Paiger8:  CV = Curriculum Vitae = another word(s) for resume’

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