Role of Your Cover Letter in Online Applications


Although many employers who place resumes into keyword-searchable databases don’t do the same with cover letters, they often use cover letters to help them code the source of resumes. They want to know whether you sent your resume in response to a print ad, Internet ad, or whether you were referred to the employer’s company, or are simply making a cold contact. Your cover letter provides that information, so don’t omit the cover letter — it provides information your resume can’t. — This Tip is an exclusive excerpt from the 3rd Edition of Dynamic Cover Letters.