According to a study conducted by a leading staffing service, more than 85% of hiring experts consider a candidate’s cover letter when evaluating him/her. Some job applicants do not put in as much effort in preparing a cover letter as they do in formatting their resume. This habit can hurt applicants’ chances of getting interview calls.
When wanting to get your resume noticed, it is imperative that you put the right stuff in it to make it stand out against the rest. You are not submitting your resume so that it can be put in the pile with all the rest – you want it on the desk of the person making the hiring decisions. In order to accomplish this feat, here are a few things that you should do.
A cover letter is an essential part of the job application package along with the resume. It should be a nice ‘doorway’ that should grab instant attention and invite an employer or recruiter to have a look at the ‘house’ beyond – that is, the resume. The cover letter gives you an opportunity to explain ‘WHY’ your list of achievements is relevant to the job and that YOU are the right person for the same.
A good cover letter should always accompany your resume. A well written resume is like a well stitched suit. It should contain all relevant information about your strengths, qualifications and experience, if any. A cover letter gives you an opportunity to say something about the organization and can enhance the effect of your resume, just like a good tie adds to the look of a suit.