I've heard from more than a few hiring managers who wonder if cover letter writing is a lost art. One of them told me that he has received a lot of cover letters that are shorter than tweets including a cover letter that just said "Have a nice day." and another that said "Please view my resume."
Cover letter writing is not supposed to be a lost art. Employers still expect them. Hiring managers at the companies surveyed by Saddleback College which require cover letters (43%) want more than just a basic cover letter.
Employers expect to see the following in cover letters: tailored skills from the job description - 33%, specifying the job applied to - 26%, details from your resume - 20%, and the personal value the candidate offers - 19%.
That said, in defense of applicants who are sending cover letters like 140 character tweets, it can be hard to take the time to write a customized cover letter when you don't hear back from employers after sending out, in some cases, hundreds of resumes and cover letters.
It's tough when you put effort into applying - over and over again - and your applications get lost in the black hole of the Internet.
However, there are ways to speed up the process and still write a custom cover letter for each job. Here are tips for writing personalized cover letters including how to create and edit your own cover letter template.