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Is the Cover Letter Dead?

We don’t live in 1997 anymore and my wardrobe is thankful for that so I can tell you with confidence that the cover letter is dead. Honestly, I have read thousands of resumes and maybe four cover letters. It’s a waste of your effort and time and the attachment won’t even be opened. Instead have a snappy cover email and make it to the point. IF THE JOB POSTING SPECIFICALLY ASKS FOR A SEPARATE WRITTEN COVER LETTER THEN COMPLY, if not, steal this template:

 

Cover letter (email) template

To: Name of job poster/whom it may concern (never write Dear Sirs – hello sexism!),

Your advert posted on WEBSITE NAME for JOB TITLE really caught my attention. I believe my XYZ experience alongside my drive, tenacity and exemplary communications skills are a solid match to your requirements. I am confident that I will be a fantastic addition to your team. I have attached my resume, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have or to set up an interview on 778-XXX-XXXX.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Your name

(778)-XXX-XXXX

Address

Email address

LinkedIn profile URL

 

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