What’s your least favorite part of the job application process? If you said, “writing cover letters,” you may or may not be relieved to hear that few hiring managers seem to care about them. In one survey, only 18 percent said cover letters were an important part of the hiring process.
“I have worked in recruiting and staffing since 2001, as well as corporate recruiting for my own companies, and most people I’ve worked with over the years (recruiters, HR and hiring managers) don’t pay any attention to cover letters,” says Andrea Clement, former healthcare recruiter and current communications director for The Medicus Firm.
On the other hand, not writing them can get you nixed from consideration.