You have sent out hundreds of applications to recruiters and employers with a cover letter. You could even be wondering if you actually need a cover letter when you apply.
However it may seem like it is unnecessary but would you risk not sending it?
The short answer
Yes, you do need to send off a cover letter with your application especially if you really want the job. Employers often expect a cover letter, and applications without one are often seen as unmotivated for the job. A cover letter will enable you to draw attention to you qualifications and will provide information on how you suit the position. It will also allow you to explain any gaps in your employment history and shows you are interested.
You can also include if you are applying from another location (overseas or interstate) and can provide information on when you are available to come in for an interview.
It only needs to be one page
When writing your cover letter keep it short! Your cover letter should be one page (2-3 paragraphs) at the most. If you write a cover letter that is three pages long no one will read it and you may not be considered for the position. It also needs to be punchy, to the point and give details on why you are suitable for the role.
Remember you want your cover letter to be good; sending across a poor cover letter can result in your application being rejected. Ensure all the appropriate details are in your cover letter and keep it short and about the position you are applying for. This should hopefully lead you to the interview for the job. Good Luck!