Cover letters still valuable in hiring process: Survey

Still common to receive cover letters electronically
||Last Updated: 02/22/2012

More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of Canadian executives feel cover letters are valuable when evaluating job candidates, according to an OfficeTeam survey.

When asked "When evaluating prospective job candidates, how valuable is the cover letter that accompanies the resumé?" they responded:

Very valuable


Somewhat valuable


Not valuable at all


In addition, 79 per cent indicated it's very or somewhat common to receive cover letters even when applicants submit resumés electronically. And 12 per cent said it’s not common at all while seven per cent said they never receive resumés electronically, found the survey of more than 300 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.

"Although the job application process has increasingly moved online, the importance of a cover letter shouldn't be underestimated," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "It often is the first opportunity to make a positive impression on hiring managers. It's also a chance to provide context for your resumé, expand on key accomplishments and explain reasons for employment gaps or career changes."

"Professionals can stand out from the crowd by using the cover letter to demonstrate their knowledge of the company and explain why they are the best fit for the role."

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