CV tip: Covers letters are a complete waste of time

April 9, 2018

Globally renowned recruitment blog Tutti Recruitti caught up with Curriculum Vitae Evangelist Robin Banks;


“How many times do I need to preach this message


Cover letters are useless and negatively affect your application!


We studied 50,000 applications across 2017


In a significant increase from our 2016 study, 175 (0.0035%) of applications resulted in interview. We analysed the successors ‘cover letter behaviour’


98% – No cover letter

1.5% - Attachment in error (E.g. Recipe)

0.5% - Cover letter


We anonymously interviewed 500 recruiters and 97% admitted to not reading cover letters and 3% lied. 80% went as far to say that if a cover letter were attached they would automatically reject the candidate. This conveniently corroborated our application study 


Should you attach a recipe to your application? No


But is it more worthwhile than attaching a cover letter? YES




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