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Dottie Carr
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Forgive me if this is a stupid question, or should seem obvious. I have not been submitting cover letters to jobs that I have applied to from job boards. If I send my resume cold to a company, not advertising on a board, I will send a cover letter, as a means of introduction. The reason I have not been sending to job board posting, is that I feel I would need to customize for each application, which seems cumbersome, given the number of applications one might submit. Is this faulty logic on my part, and am I reducing my chances significantly by not including a cover letter for board posted jobs? Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Awesome question @Dottie Carr

Awesome question @Dottie Carr

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Brandon Thompson

@Dottie Carr ,your question just made me realize how long it's been since the last time I submitted a cover letter with my application. Everything is online now, so if the company doesn't require or allow a place to add cover letters I just leave it out. Might be a good way to stand out though. good question

@Dottie Carr ,your question just made me realize how long it's been since the last time I submitted a cover letter with my application. Everything is online now, so if the company doesn't require or allow a place to add cover letters I just leave it out. Might be a good way to stand out though. good question

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Jaime Anderson

@Dottie Carr , be careful because that new online application vetting system employers use to auto qualify application will cause you to score a low rating if you force a cover letter attachment with your resume. I think you should only add a cover letter if the online application has a specific location available for upload.

@Dottie Carr , be careful because that new online application vetting system employers use to auto qualify application will cause you to score a low rating if you force a cover letter attachment with your resume. I think you should only add a cover letter if the online application has a specific location available for upload.

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Karen Alridge

Send cover letter unless employer ask you not

Send cover letter unless employer ask you not

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Steven Ransom

Should you change your cover letter for each job?

Customizing your cover letter for each application doesn't mean you have to create a new cover letter from scratch for every opening. However, the more customized your cover letter is to the job, the better the chance a recruiter will want to continue onto your resume. Recruiters might not have the time to read ALL the cover letters they receive, but they will definitely read cover letters if they're on the fence about a candidate.

Should you change your cover letter for each job?

Customizing your cover letter for each application doesn't mean you have to create a new cover letter from scratch for every opening. However, the more customized your cover letter is to the job, the better the chance a recruiter will want to continue onto your resume. Recruiters might not have the time to read ALL the cover letters they receive, but they will definitely read cover letters if they're on the fence about a candidate.

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Phoebe Montrie

If there is a space to upload a cover letter, it would probably increase your chances of getting hired to include one, and it would be an opportunity to stand out as particularly qualified for the role! Maybe you could write a template that is general enough to be used a few times with some basic tweaks to individualize it to that company. I suppose it depends on the field you're applying to and how often you submit applications, but the more the company knows about you the more they will want to hire you!

If there is a space to upload a cover letter, it would probably increase your chances of getting hired to include one, and it would be an opportunity to stand out as particularly qualified for the role! Maybe you could write a template that is general enough to be used a few times with some basic tweaks to individualize it to that company. I suppose it depends on the field you're applying to and how often you submit applications, but the more the company knows about you the more they will want to hire you!

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Victor M. Macias

Dottie if an employer is interested in tour skills you will get hired cover letter or not. Relax that e-mail or phone call saying you are hired is on its way.

Dottie if an employer is interested in tour skills you will get hired cover letter or not. Relax that e-mail or phone call saying you are hired is on its way.

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Jolyn Barreuther

I think the most important part about cover letters is that you attach them when a company sends you an outside link from the job board to apply. Include one then and you can customize it that way. Truly, the best way is to make sure you have keywords in your resume that will make it stand out in an ATS.

I think the most important part about cover letters is that you attach them when a company sends you an outside link from the job board to apply. Include one then and you can customize it that way. Truly, the best way is to make sure you have keywords in your resume that will make it stand out in an ATS.

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Emma Tan

@Dottie Carr , I agree that's this is a lot of additional work for something that may not even get seen but having a cover letter available might me the determine factor that swings the interview call-back or job offer in your favor if it comes down to you and another applicant. I think you should try to include a cover letter with all your A-list jobs applications.

@Dottie Carr , I agree that's this is a lot of additional work for something that may not even get seen but having a cover letter available might me the determine factor that swings the interview call-back or job offer in your favor if it comes down to you and another applicant. I think you should try to include a cover letter with all your A-list jobs applications.

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Dottie Carr

All very helpful responses, thank you so much! I think it makes sense to have a well worded cover letter on hand just in case. To Phoebe's point, it shouldn't be that cumbersome to tweak as needed.

All very helpful responses, thank you so much! I think it makes sense to have a well worded cover letter on hand just in case. To Phoebe's point, it shouldn't be that cumbersome to tweak as needed.

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