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Unpopular opinion: cover letters are absolutely useless. Change my mind.

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I don’t think they’re absolutely useless. I’ll just say that I’m never going to discourage a candidate from submitting one, but I’m also not going to disqualify a candidate if they don’t have one. If they can portray their experience clearly without one then awesome, but if they can also provide more context through a cover letter that’s double-awesome. Will I read it? Maybe, but I’m always happy to have one.

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Maybe "optional" is the best way to go about it.

Really dumb, but I do have a short thing I keep in a Google Doc to either copy/paste or attach. For people stating “I don’t apply if they require blah blah blah”, keep in mind that this is a software that the recruiters and hiring managers don’t choose, so the fact that the company requires useless, unread info does not mean that the job and team won’t be a great experience and good money. This is especially true in academia, or companies who are using Workday to take applications. The cover letter field has an asterisk, making it a required item, or you can’t submit your app.

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I may have to keep such a Google Doc. But the other two responders bring up a good point.

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Can’t change your mind because I agree 1000000%. I don’t apply to jobs that require a cover letter and back in my recruiting days, I often didn’t read cover letters if applicants included them. Who has time for that??

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I feel like sooooo many jobs still require them. How do you quickly filter out the ones that don't require it?

Yikes… am I the only one that disagrees?? Although I do not make them a requirement , I’ve come across some very well written cover letters that made me reevaluate applicants. I’ve always appreciated someone who shows such enthusiasm and opted to take that extra step.

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It can sometimes be the tie breaker between two good candidates; I pay attention to written communication and the quality and effort made. Of course one can go overboard, so being concise and genuine is key.

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Any company that ABSOLUTELY requires a cover letter/you to manually input EVERY one of your jobs and dates over the last 10 years on their website, rather than just allow you to upload your resume = 🚩🚩🚩🚩 Cover letters are really only a way for super junior candidates with absolutely 0 experience to demonstrate their personality/writing skills on the off chance it somehow lands them a job.

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Maybe we should just require them for entry level positions 👀

Agreed! Have a resume and a website/LinkedIn. That should be enough to get someone’s vibe.

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I’ll usually have a main page with a bio and an aesthetic that gives the viewer a vibe for me. Then I’ll have one page with projects, work experience and such with a virtual/video resume. Then a contact section :)

Requiring cover letter feel like red flags now 😅

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Then the people in my office are vibrant red flags. They are very "pro-cover letter" 🙄

I don’t even complete applications that require them anymore. if my resume is written correctly, and aligned to the job posting as it already should be, it speaks for itself.

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I'm going to share this with my office mates. The love, love cover letters. They'll probably say something like, "Some people can't accurately reflect themselves and their passion in a resume." 🙄

I read them, but for fun. It’s like a finding a legitimate antique at a garage sale.

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LOL. Top-notch analogy.

I read them. All of them. And often a good CL will contextualize a person’s experience and interest in a way that makes me bring folks forward I possibly wouldn’t have otherwise.

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I think you're in the same boat as my office mates. But I've never had this experience with a cover letter.

I have screened thousands of applocants for positions, about 1% of cover letters were read. I can remember however how many cover letters were addressed to the wrong company and wrong job title, those candidates should have not included a cover letter.

I would rather check out an applicants linkedIn over reading a canned cover letter.

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I hate that. If you're going to submit a cover letter, please at least make sure the general details are correct. Proofread, people!

This isn’t an unpopular opinion at all. They’re so ridiculous and I’ll never apply to a company that requires one.

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Apparently it's not as unpopular as I thought! Guess I just work with a bunch of weirdos.

Agreed.

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Haha I’d admire that, but would only send the resume to the HM for safety

They are, and I stopped creating them.

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More 👏 people 👏 like 👏 you 👏

Agreed.

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Agreed

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This is a more popular response than I expected.

Yep agreed

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100% Plz don't send me a cover letter

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Apparently a bunch of the people in my office would disagree with you and almost everyone else on this thread 😂 Maybe it's a generational thing?

The way I just laughed!! This is soooooo true.

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Glad you agree!

Agreed 100%. I can’t remember the last time I actually read one. Lol

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Thank youuuuuu. Glad I'm not the only one.

Agreed.

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