Are cover letters important if they don’t ask for one? There are so many job postings and applicants I can’t tell if they would be beneficial to show effort or just a waste of time to write with how little time I assume people are looking at applications with the mass hiring going on. If I should be writing one, any advice how to format?

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IMO it’s easier for a cover letter to be negative than positive. I never do them personally

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Unless your resume is obviously not what most applicants look like (eg you are pivoting into a new industry / role) then I don't think a cover letter is necessary

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I’ve reviewed thousands of resumes, interviewed hundreds, and now supporting a Human Capital team in PE. Do not include a cover letter that hasn’t been required unless you have something important to explain that you can’t work into your resume, i.e. a period of unemployment to take care of a sick family member. Otherwise, they didn’t ask for it because they don’t want to be bothered to have to read more than is necessary. They are looking at hundreds of applications and generally spend less than 10 seconds scanning a resume before deciding if someone is worth an initial call.

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They seem a bit outdated. A simple email to a senior leader expressing your interest should do the trick

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