Why Cover Letters Should be Concise

Posted October 1, 2013
By Clay Cerny

Clients will often present me with cover letters that cover an entire page.  They go into great detail to recreate their resume as a narrative.  I prefer a more concise presentation that outline key skills and attributes (a sample).  There are two reasons for doing keeping your letter tight.  First, if employers doesn’t want to read a long resume, why would they want to read long cover letters?  Second, it is a cover letter.  The function of a cover letter is to inform the reader about a document that is included with the cover letter.  Ideally, it will say something that makes the reader want to read the document. Keeping your message focused and concise is the best way to convince an employer to read your resume.