Fewer Recruiters Care About Cover Letters
As recruiters get busier, and applicant tracking systems do the heavy lifting of resume screening, it appears that fewer HR Departments than ever care about cover letters. A recent SHRM survey of HR professionals found that only 22% of respondents considered it a mistake for applicants to omit cover letters:
Improve Your Candidate Experience
Candidates sweat bullets over their cover letters. If you want to improve your candidate experience and attract more applicants, then make it clear that you don't care to receive cover letters. Let's face it, it verges on sadistic to make people write cover letters that you don't plan to read.
I currently use this language:
"Please send your MS Word resume to Donna Svei, Executive Search Consultant."
I don't ask for a cover letter.
I'm thinking about using this language:
"Please send your MS Word resume (cover letter optional) to Donna Svei, Executive Search Consultant.
You can find the complete SHRM survey here.