There is some debate about whether you need a cover letter, or not, when you apply for jobs. There are also varied opinions on how long a cover letter should be.
The Saddleback College Resume Survey reports that more than half (53%) of employers responded that a cover letter is required, while nearly 30% had no preference.
As far as how long your cover letter should be, shorter is better. Almost 70% of employers wanted a cover letter of less than a full page and almost 25% said the shorter the better.
Here are the preferences for cover letter length from the employers who responsed to the survey:
- Full page - 12.6%
- 1/2 page - 43.7%
- No preference 19.5%
- The shorter the better! 24.1%