How to Approach a ‘Cover Letter Optional’ Job Listing

by LiveCareer | April 09, 2019
Re-posted from Vault

Have you ever been invited to a friend’s birthday party and been told you shouldn’t feel pressure to bring a gift? How often do you take this at face value? Do you assume your friend really doesn’t want a present? Or do you think, “I’ll just play it safe and get her something small to show I’ve thought of her?”

Job seekers faced a similar dilemma when greeted with the words “cover letter optional” in a job posting. If you’ve been in this position, you’ve likely wondered, “Are they just testing me? Do they really want me to submit a cover letter, or are they genuinely fine with not receiving one? And what will it say about me if I don’t attach one?”


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