Won't a resume be enough? Is a cover letter really needed too?
The answer is YES, the cover letter is very important. It serves a distinct purpose in that it is an introduction to the resume.
- States why the job seeker is interested in the position
- Briefly highlights key strengths and skills that relate to a specific position
- Conveys knowledge about the company and job
The cover letter is also a chance to demonstrate good communication skills, which is particularly important in that this correspondence may be the first impression of the job seeker. As with a resume, time and care should be devoted to writing an effective cover letter. It is an additional opportunity to show value to a company, and that the job seeker is worthy of being interviewed.