Generic Cover Letter – New Study Shows 39% of Job Candidates Are Eliminated Because of This!

The only thing good about a Generic Cover Letter is the fact that at least you have one – it’s that important!

A new study done by The Ladders revealed that a whopping 39% of job-seekers were immediately eliminated by recruiters because they did not submit a cover letter. And these were not kids fresh out of college entering the job market for the first time who made this deadly mistake. These were senior-level job candidates (The Ladders caters to the $100,000+ job market) who forgot the golden rule – Details Matter! Attention needs to be paid to the creation of the CL, the resume and the thank you note. You need EVERY advantage when seeking employment in today’s job market!

The survey of 500 recruitment professionals which was conducted in the early part of April 2009 found out the following facts about CL’s :

Respect the Process: a whopping 39% of recruiters (that’s almost ½) have eliminated a job candidate because they DID NOT include a Cover Letter- that should tell you just how important this part of the job application really is!
Recruiters Agree Cover Letters are Vital: 88% of recruiters said every job candidate should include one as part of their resume package.
Half of Job Hunters Are In The Dark: Only 53% of Executive-level applicants actually include a cover letter.

This is unbelievable to me as a professional resume writer, that high-level job seekers are so casually overlooking a resume basic at a devastating cost. The real truth is that a Generic Cover Letter done up with a few of the new cutting edge techniques can do more to land you the interview than anything else.

“Just as your resume is a career marketing tool, so is your cover letter, says Wendy Enelow, executive resume writer and training consultant to The Ladders. “Take the time that is necessary to craft a letter that is powerful and persuasive with an immediate call to action – to invite you for an interview”

Source by Lynn Chase