Most Recruiters Don’t Care About Your Cover Letter
Sorry if you spent hours crafting the perfect cover letter. I'm not saying this to hurt you, but recruiters simply don't consider it important. Jobvite recently released their 2015 Recruiter Nation survey, which found that 63% of recruiters don't consider an applicant's cover letter important (tweet this stat). So what do they care about? Luckily, the study also covered what IS important to recruiters, so here are some ideas on where you should focus your effort.
Highlight your experience
It's all about experience, according to the recruiters surveyed. 87% of them rated previous job experience as an important factor.
If you're applying for a job, it's a bit late to do anything about your past experience, but what you can do is make sure you present it in the best way. Don't just list tasks on your resume but include ways in which you have made a real impact at work.
Beating even experience, culture fit was seen as an important factor by 88% of recruiters (tweet this stat).
When it comes to culture fit, it's down to you to recognise and match the culture of the company you're applying to. Take your cues from the interviewer to decide how formal or laid-back you should be.
When asked about the most effective source of quality hires, 76% of recruiters said referrals (tweet this stat).
This has been the case for a long time and doesn't look set to change, so leverage your network wherever possible. If you know someone at the company you are applying to, mention it when you contact the recruiter.
A whopping 92% of recruiters said they use social media in the recruiting process and 56% of recruiters view it as an effective source of quality hires (tweet this stat), so make sure you are active online.
But make sure you are doing it right. Sharing details about volunteer, professional, or social engagement work is viewed positively by 76% of recruiters. On the other hand, proofread before you post. 72% of recruiters say spelling and grammar mistakes create a negative perception.
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