Recently more than one recruiting leader asked whether their peers were still using cover letters or, if they had become like our dictionary perception of an appendix, a “useless [recruiting] remnant of our evolutionary past.”
And let’s not kid ourselves, every job coach still implores their clients to upload a customized cover letter for each and every job they apply to. Most ATSs accommodate the behavior.
But, it appears that more firms are not turning the “upload” feature on … and some with it on have begun to turn it off.
Are recruiters really reading digitized cover letters to get added “insight” to sort qualified candidates and select finalists or, would they prefer automated, curated social media content scrapped from esoteric group discussions all nicely tagged with sentiment labels and delivered by a cool app with its secret sauce algorithm?
Are there firms that still require their recruiters to review cover letters as part of selecting the finalists or is it just a “nice to have” when the finalist has been chosen to prep the hiring manager?
Do cover letters make a difference to the employer’s choice anymore? keep reading…