Law students and lawyers applying for jobs and assignments usually agonize over the tone, the organization and length.
After all, the cover letter has to capture the employer's attention in about 30 seconds. But first it might have to get by the robotic scanners which are ensuring the right keywords are frontloaded.
Otherwise there will be no movement to the next step: taking a look at the resume.
That was then.
Currently, found the survey by Jobvite, 47% of job seekers weren't required to provide a cover letter. Only 26% of employers factor it in as important in their hiring decisions. And, by the way, both young (18-22) and aging (over-55) have decided not to submit cover letters.
So, what's replacing the cover letter?
One factor is that wary employers are gearing the selection process more on referrals from those they already know.
According to Jobvite, 34% of recruiters rate referrals as the best way to hire. Therefore, the process of responding to a help-wanted on a job board with a cover letter may have a low return on the investment of time, energy and hope. Instead, network effectively. Associate Joe, already working at the law firm or government agency, is a better bet.
Another growing tactic is for employers to design their own application, usually via Google Docs. They pose questions which, they hope, will flush out the data and insight they need about the candidate. That form may or may not have a space for a cover letter. In addition, there might be no place to attach a resume.
In addition, for some positions and contract assignments, the whole process is conducted online. Instead of a cover letter, resume and interview, there are categories of multiple choice questions and problem-solving exercises. Regarding the latter, there could be a situation in which the applicants are aware of unethical behavior. In 250 words or less, the applicants must explain what they would do and why.
Based on the responses, applicants could actually be hired, with no further screening done. They receive a notice of when to report to work.
The growing irrelevance of a cover letter is only one of the myriad disruptions in what is being called "The Future of Work." Those affect the earning ability of not only traditional full-time employees. Also impacted are gig or on-demand-economy workers.
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