If there's a noticeable employment gap on your resume, you may be concerned that it's impacting your chances of landing interviews and moving forward in the hiring process. Explaining an employment gap on your resume can feel tricky, but there's a right way and wrong way to do it.
One of the most common questions asked of job search experts is, “Do I really need a cover letter?"
To set the record straight, yes, a cover letter is necessary. The cover letter influences the reader's first impression of you. It serves to sell you as a viable candidate or it knocks you out of the running.
Do you hate writing cover letters? Most people do.
However, employers expect to see a cover letter with your resume. They read your letter and form impressions of you as a candidate based on what they read. A bad cover letter (or a lack of one at all) can cause you to lose the chance to interview.
Writing a good cover letter is one of the most crucial parts of the job search process. Without a good cover letter, you don't even get an opportunity to interview for the job.
Because of the pressure associated with writing the cover letter, some people dread writing them. However, with the right attitude writing a cover letter can actually be enjoyable.