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Does a cover letter help at all?

Western Digital JiraSucks
Jan 11

Just wanted to have feedback from blind users’ experience...could anyone share his/her own opinion on the effectiveness of uploading cover letter in addition to CV.

Do recruiters really read it? Thanks!

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  • Qualcomm / DesignGtSk70
    I have never seen any evidence that cover letter makes a difference in technology gigs. However I have often been complimented on my resume. I limit it to a single page regardless of having 10+ YOE with 5+ employers. It tends to signal my respect for the audience's time and they receive that signal very clearly.
    Jan 113
    • New / Sales
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      I make stuff and I’m super into it.
      llluminatimore
      This
      Jan 11
    • Amazon tenders
      What does your resume look like?
      Jan 11
    • Qualcomm / DesignGtSk70
      My resume is fairly simple and clean. I start off with my name in bold large letters at the top middle. You can't miss it. Under it, I have my contact information. After that I have my information ordered from highest importance to least. I make judicious use of bulleted lists, action verbs and headings. I have no redundancies and/or information irrelevant to the position. I do not market skills that are now obsolete or that I've become rusty at due to lack of use. Imagine they ask you about something in your resume and you can't explain it because you last did it over 10 years ago. That's not a good situation. Your resume is supposed to grab attention and build a rough picture of who you are and what you bring to the table. Your phone screen/interview is supposed to build on that image, filling in the gaps, bolstering confidence that you're the guy/gal for the job. So write your resume with that in mind, instead of cramming everything that you have done. No one has time for that. Not even you.
      Jan 13
  • Microsoft The PFJ
    Not even a little bit
    Jan 110
  • US Navy / ITBoonaki
    I never really pay attention, it's all about a clean resume and a good interview.
    Jan 110
  • IBM tAhj86h
    aT the end of the day it’s just another tool to get that first in person interview. referrals work too
    Jan 110
  • MailChimp iejebv
    Personally they all sound the same to me and don't sway my decision to ultimately hire or not.
    Jan 110
  • New ktFx33
    Only if you have something very special to mention or explain
    Jan 110
  • Intel fialy
    IMO doesn’t help if you are applying to a specific role.
    Jan 110
  • Veritas manup
    Personally I don’t use them. As a hiring manager, I don’t read them and focus on what’s in the resume. I would put my effort on the resume.
    Jan 120
  • Amazon / Eng工口
    Worked for 20 years, never wrote one and never read one.
    Jan 110
  • Western Digital JiraSucks
    OP
    Thanks everybody! Useful comments!
    Jan 110
  • Intuit destiny
    It doesn't hurt. I write one anyways
    Jan 110
  • New monomo
    Useless.
    Jan 110

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