No Cover for Tech

Survey suggests cover letters are not essential when applying for a job in tech

Nigel Frank International has conducted a survey to gauge current attitudes towards cover letters. The results show a majority sharing the opinion that cover letters aren’t necessary, and only a very small minority fully in favour of them.


What do you think about cover letters?

Completely unnecessary:        64%
Very beneficial:                        10%
It depends:                              26%

Nigel Frank International Chairman & CEO James Lloyd-Townshend commented: “Attitudes towards cover letters have really shifted over the last decade, particularly when it comes to tech recruitment. Cover letters definitely have some upsides, namely the potential to help an applicant stand out at the preliminary stage of the recruitment process and therefore receive an invitation to interview. But it’s also true that there is some overlap between the purpose of a cover letter and the purpose of an interview. They’re both about getting to know the person behind the credentials on the resumé.

“Skipping the cover letter can make for a more expedient process, saving work for both recruiter and candidate alike,” suggests Lloyd-Townshend. “This has become increasingly important in tech because speed is often of the essence – especially when businesses need to pursue digital transformation projects to keep pace with the market. That 64% majority is focused on those realities, I would say. At the same time, cover letters will likely remain useful in some scenarios – where an organization is moving more steadily towards long-term planning goals, for example.”

The study comes at a time when despite cutbacks by IT organisations, 77% of employers have complained of suffering from skill shortage as it takes up to six weeks to complete a recruitment process in the US.

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