The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
This question has been the subject of a great debate in recent years, and many times I hear clients ask, “Does anyone really read a cover letter anymore?”
The answer is YES—if you know how to use it!
While some hiring managers and recruiters will scan a cover letter for important bits of information, there is a surefire way to ensure your cover letter is read. But before I tell you how to make sure your cover letter gets read I want to make sure you have a great cover letter. Here are three points to remember when writing your cover letter:
-Be concise: Don’t get long winded; no one wants to read your entire life story.
-Be relevant: Don’t discuss information that is not related to the position.
-Be attention-getting: Use bullet points in the middle of the resume to relay hard-hitting facts and accomplishments. Bullets will draw the eye—and for the reader who is scanning, they’ll pick this up.