5 Things Your Cover Letter Needs If You Want People to Read It, According to a Recruiter

Do recruiters read cover letters?  Big disclaimer: I am just one lowly recruiter. There are a lot of other people in my profession and I don’t speak for us all. But what I’m about to say is what I feel is an accurate sample size of what most of my peers in my field can all agree on. Hard truth on this one: absolutely not. Not only do we not usually read them, most of the time we don’t even open that attachment or give cover letters a cursory glance. It’s such a waste of time. Many companies have even stopped asking for them altogether. But I’ll tell you who DOES read cover letters: hiring managers. Not all. In fact, a lot don’t, but in the entire hiring equation, were I to assign likelihood, a hiring manager is more prone to read the cover letter than anyone else involved. And even then, I’d add another factor that narrows the field – hiring managers at small companies with lower hiring volume (like a small non-profit) are more likely to read a cover letter than a hiring manager at companies like Amazon or KPMG. In my opinion, if you want your cover letter to be read, do these things: