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Is there still room for the good old cover letter in the digital age?




A woman writes a hand-written cover letter at a career training center operated by the New York Department of Labor in Harlem on December 3, 2010 in New York City.
A woman writes a hand-written cover letter at a career training center operated by the New York Department of Labor in Harlem on December 3, 2010 in New York City.
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Technology has, no doubt, changed the way we live.

It has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, from social interaction to doing business and even job hunting. Human resources managers say recruiters increasingly turn to online platforms, like LinkedIn and personal websites, to find the right candidates for a job. Mobile technology, for instance, offers a simpler and faster way for jobseekers to reach potential employers than the conventional application. Moreover, a 2014 Glassdoor survey found that nine in 10 job seekers use mobile devices when hunting for a job.

The online application process has certainly become the most popular. Restless Bandit, a recruiting platform, is one of many companies that uses algorithms to search the content of CV’s to identify potential job candidates.

While more employers are relying on this technology, we question if the good old cover letter is dead. Some recruiters say yes. Others, however, argue that there is no better way to reveal a candidate’s true personality than reading his or her cover letter. Cover letters give applicants the opportunity to detail their skills when there is no room for them in a resume. Some employers say they learn more about an applicant from a cover letter than they do from a CV. Meanwhile, algorithms don’t give jobseekers a break or a second chance the way people do.

So what do you think, is the cover letter dead or is it still considered an essential tool for jobseekers? Call us at 866-893-5722 and weigh in.



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