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I didn't feel like making a poll because I couldn't decide if I needed more than yes and no options.<br><br>
When applying for jobs online, i.e. careerbuilder, monster, etc., do you include a cover letter or just your resume? Why or why not? I'm just curious, because the "old school" way when applying directly to a company is to include both, but I've noticed even some company websites don't have a provision for you to add one. Which is good, I hate having to do that along with customizing my resume for the job I want.<br><br>
What say you, PRTrs?
 

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I always, always, always include a cover letter unless it is impossible or strongly discouraged to do so.
 

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I haven't provided a cover letter to date because I'm looking for a range of positions so one cover letter wouldn't be sufficient. I noted that Monster allows for multiple resume's which I have yet to take advantage of. If an employer allows for a cover letter I supply one as I beleive its an excellent way to set yourself apart. So far in my experience most of them allow for one.
 

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I always include one. It gives you the ability to showcase yourself- not just your resume and present your characteristics that you can't list in a resume. I always talk about how I'm a team player, organized, sees big picture, strategic thinker, good people skills, great communication skills, excellent with cleints, etc...<br><br>
I usually have a range of 3-4 coverletters that I use and I tweak them for each position.
 

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Yeah, I know......I should do one and sometimes I do. But it's a big PIA to have to tailor it to each job. Resumes are easier, you can save multiple copies and just use the one that fits generally. But CL's, not so much. At one point I think I had like 10 different versions.<br><br>
Or maybe I'm just OCD. <img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif"><br><br>
Honestly, I think the whole job search process gets my goat because I am not a fan of gratuitous ass-kissing, which is basically what you're doing when you are looking for a job. <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif">
 

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I hear ya...<br><br>
I think I have 8 different resumes, and about 12 different cover letters that I tweak here and there as appropriate.<br><br>
This job search thing blows.
 

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Totally. It's all about knowing what they want to hear, which is just so stupid. The person who gets the job is often the one who knows the most of what they want, even if they aren't the most qualified.
 

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Depends on how badly I want the job.<br><br>
If it's a meh job, I'll just send a resume.<br><br>
If it's something I really want, I will include a customized resume and customized cover letter.<br><br>
Hasn't done me any good, but that's what I do.
 

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I pretty much rewrite the middle section of my cover letter for each job I apply to. Some jobs that I'm meh about that I'm applying to online I haven't been sending cover letters too recently, one of them even called me back. I have multiple resumes depending on what the job entails. Radio and social services are pretty different fields... Fat lot of good its all done me though as I'm still at the same crappy job I've been at.
 

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I usually go through the motions.<br><br>
But when I'm hiring, I rarely read the cover letter before the interview anyway. So the letter would not help you get to that stage.
 
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