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  • 1.  Is a cover letter necessary for a job? I'm not sure.

    Posted 01-19-2023 13:00
    Edited by Taylor Evans Ghosal 02-03-2023 09:40
    While it may not be necessary to write a cover letter when applying for a job, I think it's a good idea to include one.

    A resume is a great way to show off your accomplishments and skills, but the cover letter allows you to demonstrate how you communicate, and gives the hiring manager a better idea about who you are and what you're like. Plus, it shows you took the extra time to craft a message directly to your potential new boss. Is it necessary? Probably not. But in my experience as an applicant and a hiring manager, I think it helps.

    What do you think about cover letters? Has anyone had a bad experience when including a cover letter?

    Carrie Goldbeck

  • 2.  RE: Is a cover letter necessary for a job? I'm not sure.

    Posted 01-20-2023 08:38
    A cover letter is a Great door opener. It gives the reader a reason to continue reading.

    "Have a Great Day or Create One"
    Rev. Jim Klynman

  • 3.  RE: Is a cover letter necessary for a job? I'm not sure.

    Posted 01-23-2023 15:38
    @Carrie Goldbeck, I think cover letters are SO important! In fact, if I was giving advice to a younger professional who was job hunting, I would tell them to absolutely write one. In a world of online resume submission where you can click, click, click and send your resume in a minute, a cover letter that's tailored to the organization and role you're applying for helps establish you as a serious candidate. I recognize that this may feel less critical in a hiring market like the current one where there are lots of open positions and job seekers have the advantage, but it can't hurt, right?

    As a hiring manager, ​I appreciate that cover letters give me a chance to see the candidate's writing style. (So when you DO write a cover letter, make sure it's written well! And make sure you spell the hiring manager's name correctly... Not that I had to learn this from personal experience or anything. Ha!)

    Equally important to the cover letter is the post-interview thank you. The best thank you messages reference the interview discussion and can subtly reinforce why you'd be a great candidate for the job. 

    In my opinion, the cover letter and a thank you message are absolutely worth the time it takes to write them. 


  • 4.  RE: Is a cover letter necessary for a job? I'm not sure.

    Posted 01-24-2023 14:55
    Edited by Taylor Evans Ghosal 02-03-2023 09:40
    @Carrie Goldbeck, I believe there are creative ways for candidates to present their cover letters that can make a real difference in the eyes of hiring managers. Personally, I use video to introduce myself to new clients, and I've found it to be a practical approach. Video cover letters are a unique and engaging way to showcase your credentials and portfolio, allowing you to connect with the hiring manager on a more personal level. Tools like make it easy to create a professional and polished video cover letter. While it may not be required for all jobs, it's a great idea to include one, as it can help you make a stronger impression and showcase your personality and communication skills.

    Instead of simply writing an email to my client, I utilize technology and take advantage of the latest tools to differentiate myself from competitors. The attached screenshots show an example of how I presented a new email design to a client. By using visual aids and innovative methods, I can stand out and make a stronger impression on potential clients.

    Candidates can do the same when applying for a new job! I think they should present a video cover letter!


    Mauricio Gonzales

  • 5.  RE: Is a cover letter necessary for a job? I'm not sure.

    Posted 01-26-2023 14:30
    Raise your hand if you tried to watch @Mauricio Gonzales' video cover letter only to realize that it was a still image, not a video! Mauricio, I guess it really works as a way to get more visibility!  :)

    What a great tool-- thanks for sharing!​


  • 6.  RE: Is a cover letter necessary for a job? I'm not sure.

    Posted 01-27-2023 11:27
    ✋ I did the same thing, @Brianne Haxton!

    Indeed has some good pointers for creating your own video cover letter for anyone interested in trying to make their own.


  • 7.  RE: Is a cover letter necessary for a job? I'm not sure.

    Posted 01-30-2023 09:36
    @Mauricio Gonzales - what a cool idea for a video cover letter! Definitely putting this one in my back pocket for Future Quinn. Thanks so much!​

    Stay awesome,