The truth about cover letters: What do recruiters really think?

An excerpt of the webinar “The truth about cover letters: What do recruiters really think?” Devex Career Account members can watch the full recording below.

Cover letters often raise a lot of questions for job seekers: who should you address it to? What is the appropriate length? And what exactly should you include? You might also find yourself wondering how important cover letters are and if anyone even reads them.

While your CV remains the most valuable document in your job application — and there is no guarantee a recruiter will read your cover letter — it is worth taking the time to make sure it is properly thought-out and well written.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.