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Cover letters aren’t going out of style

Posted on February 14th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

Not attaching a cover letter along with a resume can severely hinder the chances of acquiring a job, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. The study found that 91 percent of polled executives believe cover letters are valuable when evaluating a job candidate.

When HR administration reviews resumes from potential job applicants, they typically expect to see an accompanying cover letter. According to, cover letters are essential since they act as a sales tool – they allow employers to judge candidates' suitability for a job and include certain details that aren't mentioned in the resume.

Some companies might deem a cover letter to be less important in today's digital age. However, a mere 9 percent of survey respondents stated that cover letters aren't a valuable addition to an application.

Furthermore, 79 percent said it was common to receive a cover letter during an electronic submission, while 16 percent said it wasn't common at all.

"Although the job application process has increasingly moved online, the importance of a cover letter shouldn't be underestimated," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "It often is the first opportunity to make a positive impression on hiring managers."

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