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Well it's true, and means that a well written covering letter can be more important to your job search success than your resume or CV!
So to help you, here's an introduction to writing a great covering letter, along with two covering letter examples.
We think so.
At a recent recruitment seminar which one of us attended, a speaker said that the average employer spends longer reading job application letters than CVs or resumes.
And in our experience, he's right. We also read covering letters in full but often skim CVs and resumes looking for relevant information.
This isn't surprising when you think that most job application letters are one page long, and most CVs and resumes 3-5 pages long (too long), and that we receive sometimes 50+ CVs and resumes for every job.
So include a letter every time you send off your CV or resume. Chances are that this will be read in full.
If you're not yet convinced about the need for a covering letter, here are another three good reasons why you should always include one as well as 3 covering letter examples.
If you know how to write a good covering letter, great.
If you don't, you might find it worthwhile investing a little time and sometimes a little money getting it right. There are lots of resources out there to help you. For example:
If you'd like to see good examples of covering letters, click here for covering letter samples in response to adverts and here for speculative examples.
And don't forget to take a quick look at our page on apostrophes. It's the most common grammatical mistake we find in covering letters.