When submitting a resume or curriculum vitae for a job application, it should be accompanied with a cover letter. An outstanding one will place you in a better position among others vying for that same job.
A cover letter complements your application and gives you an opportunity to promote yourself to the reader. It is an effective way for you to present your qualifications in prose, rather than using rigid bullet points in your resume. Instead of listing your academic background and experience, a cover letter conveys a personal touch and gives you room to talk about why you are suited for the job. You can make use of a cover letter to impress the employers with your qualities, explaining how you are best suited for a job. It also serves as an indication of your writing skills and interest in the company.
Additionally, it is useful to include a cover letter to fill up the gaps in your resume. In your resume, you may not have the space to explain your reasons for leaving a job in detail, or why you are applying for a job in a bank when you have a degree in Psychology. For example, you can take the chance to relate your circumstances and phrase it to your advantage. If left unexplained, an employer may mistake your Psychology degree as irrelevant when you have aced your elective modules in Finance.
When companies receive a resume unaccompanied by a cover letter, they can immediately tell that they are just one of the many companies the applicant has applied to. This would not work in your favour as companies would rather hire someone who is enthusiastic about them, vis-à-vis someone who is throwing applications out just to see which job they can land themselves in. You may come across as insincere and flippant.
It is essential to attach cover letters in Singapore as they will be the first document employers read. It is what leads the employer to look at your resume, which could then get you an interview. If you miss the first step, you may lower your chance of nabbing the job, even if your credentials are sound. Employers might not even move on to scan through your resume if your application does not come along with a cover letter.
Unique cover letters allow employers to sieve out those who are genuinely interested in a job placement. Always tailor your cover letter before sending it out. One way of doing this is to list qualities they have indicated in the job description to suit the position. Use your former experiences to back up the qualities. This will make your application stronger.