Posted : 7/22/2011 5:05:04 PM
When am part of the hiring process at my current job and when I help others prepare applications, IMO the most important thing is the cover letter. Unfortunately, this seems to be the thing applicants are most likely to do a bad job with or just not submit at all. Writing a cover letter is like its own form of a mathematical equation and art all in one. I did choose to interview a few prospects based on their cover letters, in fact one of the people I last helped interview had one of the best cover letters I've ever seen (and I write cover letters for other people).
I was told once that the reason I got the interview was the strength of my cover letter. The official closing date hadn't passed, but they had already started interviewing and had decided they weren't going to see any more people.... and then my email came through. The office manager took it to the chap in charge and said, "we have GOT to see this person". My interview wasn't even an interview - it was more a tour of the building and a chat about how they did things.... like they had already decided to hire me.
Being able to actually **communicate** with the written word, beyond the level of text or Facebook, seems to be a dying art... It feels like no one bothers anymore! That means a good cover letter stands out....