Re: Resume and Coverletter Game (I'm Appalled)

Subject: Re: Resume and Coverletter Game (I'm Appalled)
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- YAHOO -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 1999 16:28:31 -0800

I think NOT sending at least a brief cover letter is dangerous. True,
many places will not notice the difference. However the places that
will notice the difference are probably the places that have the best
jobs. I know some large companies will not even consider a cold
candidate without a cover letter.

Mostly, a cover letter lets you point out the areas of your resume
particularly applicable to the position and company. There is really
no reason to NOT include a cover letter with your resume.

I also agree with you that courtesy goes both ways. Companies should
let you know if you made it in or not. However, many do not. Some
companies process thousands of resumes. It is simply not possible to
respond individually to everyone. This is why I think it is important
to give feedback to candidates. If I have made it through an interview
I want to know what they like and do not like about me.

Unfortunately, getting a job is a game. The people with the best
look, skills, experience, and overall presentation win. This is true
of all kinds of jobs: contract, full-time, and freelance.

Andrew Plato
President / Principal Consultant
Anitian Consulting, Inc.

---stark vision <stark_vision -at- HOTBOT -dot- COM> wrote:
> Mr. Plato
> I have spent countless house preparing my resume and a cover
letter,(by email and registered snail mail) only to revive no reply.
Yes, I have sent a follow-up letter left numerous voice mails, and
made every attempt to grovel. I have always felt that its standard
issue to send a cover letter with a resume, but lately it seems that
the bearly register on the scale. Should I now stop and send just a
resume? You may be the only one in the western world who at least
appreciates the effort that some people make.
> It seems to me that courtesy and manners seem to illude
> those that are doing the hiring these days. Even a quick email from
those in power would help, if letter writing is too much of a strain.
> I'm in favor of doing away with all these games. As a former manager
I answered "all of the responses to a posted posistion." I wish some
of you out there would do the same :-)
> Stark
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