Cover Letters

Do you really need a cover letter?

There are those who argue you do not.

However, think about this – if a cover letter could give you an additional edge, why wouldn’t you include one?

Cover letters are helpful because they give you a chance to highlight the skills, experience, or education you have that are specifically oriented to the position you are interested in.

Let me share a secret with you: not every interviewer takes the time to read your resume. Some of them are asked at the last minute to step in and interview. A cover letter gives you a chance to still get your message across.

Without a cover letter you have to hope that the person scanning your resume sees what you have to offer. As a colleague of mine at Georgetown used to say, “Hope is not a strategy.”

Be strategic; use a cover letter.