I’m so amazing I don’t need a Cover Letter

What is the point of sending a cover letter if I have an outstanding resume? Seth Godin explains why it is important to attach a cover letter with your resume. Why not have a cover letter? A resume consists of short but sweet bullet points of the type of work you’ve accomplished, but especially as a writer a resume gives you little to no justice in your writing ability. Use your cover letter as a blank canvas to market yourself.

Godin says, “I think if you’re remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn’t have a resume at all.” As a student this strikes me as a sticky message, because most graduating college students are not that remarkable, so why be lazy and send just your resume. If you don’t have much experience you need to explain what experience you’ve had and why you’re qualified.

By including a cover letter with your resume you have the opportunity to further explain jobs, projects and accomplishments you’ve had along your professional and pre-professional career. With no cover letter you’re nothing but words on a page. Potential employers will simply toss your resume in the trash. When you have the ability to share with employers the details of jobs, you open their minds to your capabilities-take advantage of it.

If you feel as though you don’t need a cover letter because you’re resume says it all than you need:

  • Stellar letters of recommendation
  • A portfolio– which shows your capabilities in multiple areas
  • A blog- which demonstrates your thought leadership in the field you wish to pursue

Without these key items you are in need of an outstanding cover letter, which explains why you’re better than the next resume in the pile. Never let your resume speak for itself, because you’re simply telling your potential employer you’re lazy and you like to throw amazing opportunities out the window.

I hope more graduating students who are applying for jobs will think twice before they send their resume with no cover letter.

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~ by stacianne on March 18, 2008.

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