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.