In order to be as accurate as possible, I went out and spoke to recruiters from Google, Microsoft, and a few Wall Street firms on top of my own research.
Then I cross referenced that information with the several hundred cover letters that have come across my desk at Cultivated Culture.
90% of hiring managers don’t even read cover letters.
However, over half of employers noted that they prefer candidates who submit a cover letter: This leaves us in an interesting place.
Funnily enough, 99% of the recruiters I speak to tell me that they absolutely resumes and cover letters that are more than one page.
The ideal length for a cover letter is 3-5 paragraphs.
The problem with this approach is that you are competing against people who qualify for the traditional credentials, no matter what role you’re applying for.
If you try to beat them at their own game, you’re going to lose 9 times out of 10.
My hope is that this guide will give you a framework that enables you to efficiently craft cover letters that are more likely to get you hired.
If we want our cover letter to be as effective as possible we need to make sure we avoid the mistakes that employers hate to see, yet most people still make.