Why Do I Even NEED a Cover Letter?

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I asked my Facebook friends if they had any specific questions about writing cover letters and so many people were like, “Ugh, Liz, why do we even NEED them?” Well, I’m here to tell you!

First, it highlights your communication skills. The position may not require stellar writing skills, but there is never a time when proving your ability to clearly articulate a point will work against you. Your letter need not be complicated, long, or full of big words – it simply needs to be clear and free of errors to prove that you’re a thoughtful, capable communicator.

Second, it highlights your reading comprehension skills. The best cover letters take the time to address how and why you are the right person for the job… and that is all based on the provided job description. Take the time to read and process the job description and show that you’ve done it by writing a cover letter that directly addresses their requirements.

Third, it provides context. Your resume shows why you’re presumably qualified for the job. Your cover letter shows why you WANT the job, as well as what you can bring outside of your employment history and applicable qualifications.

So, there you have it: three very important reasons to include a cover letter with your job application. What reasons do you have for writing yours?

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