Candidates today do not realize the weight of business etiquettes. They might see the option to upload a cover letter, but they don’t realize the importance of doing so. The idea of sending a thank you note after an interview (even if it did not go down well!) seems like an alien concept. Most people only exclaim, ‘But, why?’. The answer is that such business etiquette is an everyday practice of your potential employer and if you follow it as well, it makes you stand out from the rest of the applicants.
A cover letter is your brief introduction to the hiring authority. It allows you to demonstrate your personality, your strengths, and achievements, and communicate your uniqueness to your employer. It makes your employer look at your resume. Ideally, you should prepare a new cover letter for every position that you apply to.
WHY DO YOU NEED ONE?
There are hiring managers who won’t see a resume unless it is introduced with a cover letter. Others, do not care. In any case, a cover letter can never hurt, though in some cases, it can make all the difference to your interview call!
Then there are follow-up and thank you letters. It also happens that during an interview, the panel member notices a weakness in your technical ability on a certain aspect. A thank you letter then becomes your best chance to reiterate your interest in the position and recap how you are willing to work on that one weakness to suit your candidature for the position.