I came across this “tweet” on LinkedIn, and it really caught my attention. People gave out their opinions, and it was quite an interesting debate. Let’s also jump into the debate, “neutral”.

What is a resume cover letter, and does it really matter?

A cover letter is a one-page document that you submit as part of your job application (along with your CV or resume). Its purpose is to introduce you and briefly summarize your professional background.

While a cover letter serves as an introduction to your resume, it can also be viewed as an opportunity to explain your qualifications, experiences, and career goals that may not be immediately apparent in your resume. It allows you to personalize your application and demonstrate your interest in the position and the organization you are applying to. A well-written cover letter can also highlight your communication and writing skills, which are valuable assets in many professions. In addition, some employers may specifically request a cover letter as part of their application process, so it’s “important to always read and follow the instructions provided.”

Yes, it’s not always necessary to include a cover letter, but it can increase your chances of getting noticed and, ultimately, getting hired for the position. However, if it is not written well or is irrelevant, it could potentially harm your chances of being hired.

Here are some pros and cons of including a cover letter with a job application:


1. It provides an opportunity to showcase your personality and writing skills.

2. It allows you to explain any gaps in your employment history.

3. Demonstrates your interest in the position and company. 

4. It allows you to highlight specific skills and experiences that match the job requirements.

5. It can set you apart from other applicants who didn’t include a cover letter. 


1. It can be time-consuming to write

2. May not always be read by the employer or recruiter

3. Could potentially harm your chances if poorly written or irrelevant to the job

4. Replicate information that’s already included in your resume.

Ultimately, it’s a personal decision, but if you have the time and opportunity to include a cover letter, it’s worth considering. Also, carefully read and follow the instructions provided for the job application.

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Nettey Madhinga

Nettey Madhinga is Geomatics and Surveying Student at Gwanda State University, Zimbabwe. She is an OpenStreetMap contributor and a GIS enthusiast. Nettey believes that through inspiration, young people passionate about the geospatial industry will grow into surveyors and geomaticians with vision.

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