Liverpool candidates most proactive
when it comes to cover letters
NEW research from the UK's leading
independent job board, CV-Library, has found that job hunters in Liverpool are
some of the most positive about providing cover letters with their job
applications, with 60.8% believing that doing so can boost their chances of
getting the job.
The research, which surveyed 1,200 workers about their attitudes towards cover
letters in the job application process, and found that 61.2%
of candidates in Liverpool always tailor their cover letters, far higher than
the national average of 56%. Other key findings include:-
► The majority of Liverpool's job hunters, 51%, think cover letters are
► 58% stating that they don't find it frustrating when they have to tailor
their cover letter.
► 33.3% feel they're not very good at writing cover letters, and 14.3%
believe their CV should be enough.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library , comments:-
"While there continues to be a debate around how necessary cover letters are in
the job application process, they're showing no signs of disappearing anytime
soon! It's positive to see that job hunters in Liverpool are recognising how
including a cover letter with an application is beneficial, and while it might
seem like a tedious task, it can boost your chances of getting a new job. In
fact, while CVs are great for an overview of work experience, cover letters can
act as an extra platform to shout about your successes. Therefore, try to avoid
viewing it as an extra annoyance and instead see it as an opportunity to talk
about your relevant experience, any particular career highlights, and what you
can bring to the table in this new role."
In addition, a staggering 92.2% stated that they would always apply for a job
and include a cover letter for roles that required them, with 34.5% believing
that including a cover letter makes your application more personal to the
recruiter. Furthermore, 20.7% said it enables you to give relevant examples of
your skills, while 6.9% say that it doesn't take long to do.
Biggins concludes:- "If you're currently applying for new roles, try and
draft a cover letter that is short, concise and avoid using clich?phrases for
the sake of it. There's also an opportunity to be creative with what you're
producing, and including bullet points and numbers can help to break up the
text. Remember: recruiters are busy people, and this 20 to 30 seconds that they
spend glancing over your CV and cover letter is an extremely important window!"
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