Cover Letters: What’s The Point? – James Caan

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015 by

Anybody applying for a new job has inevitably come across the cover letter and probably wondered whether they should or shouldn’t write one. This is widely disputed in the recruitment industry, with some recruiters ignoring the first page and heading straight to the candidates CV and others reading it intently. Personally, I believe a covering letter is a much undervalued part of the CV package and whenever I come across a candidate who hasn’t bothered, I am immediately disappointed. I’d advise anybody to think of the cover letter as an additional platform to sell yourself, your suitability for the job and your personality. I have read many, many cover letters that are bland, careless and don’t tell me anything about the individual. To avoid this, you need to add substance.