A recent study examined how today’s hiring managers evaluate candidates. As predicted, relevant work experience and skills are the most important aspects of a resume for hiring managers. 74 percent said the most important factor in hiring is the interview. Surprisingly, only 18 percent of hiring managers ranked cover letters as important, being outweighed by the interview, resume, references and soft skills.
As millennials take over management roles, they are relying on a broader set of methods for getting to know potential employees – candidate’s level of education, schools attended and GPA (27%, 13%, and 16%, respectively). With this set of hiring managers, the cover letter paragraphs about passions and key skills seems to be fading out.
So will a cover letter hurt you? Bloomberg points out that 55 percent of hiring managers said typos were the biggest turnoff, so why risk a typo when a cover letter is unlikely to help you land the job?
On the other hand, if you have a stellar cover letter, you may stand out as one of the few people still sending them.
Where do you stand on the cover letter debate? As a job seeker, do you still send them? As a hiring manager, how much weight do you place on these in the interview process? Leave your opinions in the comment box below.
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Simply submitting your resume doesn’t ensure that it will land in the hands of a hiring manager, but there are a few things you can do to help your chances. Use these tips to get your resume past HR to those who actually make the hiring decisions:
You can try a combination of these tactics or try the same ones repeatedly until you get the results you want. Remember, there is no magic solution but these are a few ways to improve your chances.
It’s possible that your resume could be saying the wrong thing about you. Your resume is a reflection of you and you don’t want recruiters thinking that you’re outdated because your resume is. Does your resume need an update? The Ladders blog will help you figure it out: