The Case Against Cover Letters

By shifting the focus away from cover letters, employers can create a better candidate experience and strengthen their employer brand.

“To Whom It May Concern”

Why Cover letters are Waste of Time?

Reasons why employers don’t value cover letters?

Of course there are several reasons why employers don’t value cover letters. For example they often contain information that is already included in the resume. Employers receive so many applications that they simply don’t have time to read all of the cover letters. As a result, they often just glance at them or skip them entirely.

Why do people think cover letters are important?

Hiring managers and HR folks may feel that the cover letter is an important part of the job application process, as it can be an opportunity for a candidate to showcase their unique skills and qualifications. However, since a cover letter is often the first thing that a potential employer will see, if it does not stand out from the competition, the resume itself may not even be taken into consideration.

The case against cover letters

Cover letters are often seen as a necessary part of the job application process, but they can be more of a hassle than anything else. Not only do they take time away from more useful activities in the recruitment process, such as resume screening and interviewing, but they also don’t always give employers the information they really need to make an informed decision. Employers should consider other methods for assessing job candidates that will provide them with more meaningful information about their qualifications.

Reading every cover letter from every candidate for every job posting can be a daunting task. It’s important to be thorough, but even if recruiters use the most efficient methods, it can take a significant amount of time. Therefore, it’s understandable that many employers choose to use a more streamlined approach, such as making decisions of the initial resume and interview, rather than spending time reading cover letters.

Many job seekers struggle to write cover letters that are engaging and showcase their skills and accomplishments. Some of the candidates may take the route of working smarter rather than harder. This means they may try to cut corners and use “internet templates” that they think will fit a job. Most likely this documents will not be effective in providing the desired quality of information.

Asking every applicant to write a cover letter may give the impression that company is stuck in its ways and resistant to modern hiring practices. A more modern approach would be to get to know each applicant and create a personalized approach that respects their individual skills and abilities. By relying on cover letters, company could be missing out on great talent that don’t fit the exact box that company is trying to place them in.

By shifting the focus away from cover letters, employers can create a better candidate experience and strengthen their employer brand.


Who has time to create cover letters in today’s fast-paced world? Job seekers are just saying “no” to writing cover letters because they despise it.

DADA HR
Author: DADA HR