Ok, I’ve spoken a lot about resumes lately and so I wanted to quickly hit on the whole idea of a “cover letter’. Here is a fact, the cover letter as it’s commonly known is dead. D-E-A-D. Do you know why? Because no one, and I mean no one sends paper resumes anymore. If you do, they probably end up in the trash. It’s true, sorry.
So, if the cover letter is dead in it’s traditional form what are you supposed to do? Here are a few ideas.
Send an email - um, duh.....email is the new snail mail (well, it’s not that new) but send an email that would kind of look like a cover letter of old. You’ll obviously want to be less formal, and word to the wise----craft an email that shows up is only as big as the “preview pane” so recruiters like me can quickly review it and not have to scroll through a ton of text.
Send a resume - You know, apply online.......if you need more than that, nevermind....
Network for a job - This is my favorite and one of the most important. The BEST way to get a job...networking. So, do some networking and meet people by leveraging your LinkedIn profile so that you don’t NEED a cover letter. All you need to do is have a few informational or informal chats about the role...follow up with a resume later....interview.....take the job.
That’s it for now, I should have another post later in the week. Special thanks to David Rosenthal for the topic...Thanks!!