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iHire's Survey Shows 65.3 Pct Recruiters Still Believe Cover Letters Are Important

HR Tech Outlook | Thursday, February 25, 2021

iHire conducted its Value of a Cover Letter Survey in December 2020 and received responses from 603 U.S. hiring managers and recruiters across 56 industries.

Fremont, CA: iHire shared its Value of a Cover Letter Survey results, showing that 65.3 percent of hiring professionals and recruiters still believe cover letters are essential to their recruitment processes.

However, if given the choice, 65.3 percent of respondents would prefer to use pre-screening questions over cover letters to learn more about candidates, a testament to how busy HR managers have become as millions of unemployed Americans look to return to the workforce in the wake of COVID-19.

Additional survey findings include:

• 30.3 percent of respondents said they expect to receive a cover letter even if their job posting indicates that it is optional.

• 77.3 percent of employers want candidates to customize their cover letters for the specific position for which they are applying.

• 76.5 percent of respondents always read cover letters if the candidate includes one.

• 14.7 percent of hiring professionals said that cover letters are more important when hiring for higher-level positions.

“Cover letters haven’t gone out of style, and iHire encourages both employers and job seekers to continue to include them in their hiring processes and applications, respectively,” said Steve Flook, iHire’s President, and CEO. “However, we’re finding that shorter, personalized cover letters are becoming more effective in differentiating candidates than traditional, formal cover letters of the pre-internet age. When you have just seconds to impress a busy recruiter, a quick but well-written blurb can set you apart from other applicants and land you more interviews.”

“People are your most valuable asset, which is why finding, hiring and retaining talent is more important than ever. That makes what we do— connecting employers with qualified candidates—much more meaningful', added Flook.

iHire is a leading career-oriented platform that brings candidates and employers together in 56 industry-focused communities. iHire conducted its Value of a Cover Letter Survey in December 2020 and received responses from 603 U.S. hiring managers and recruiters across 56 industries.

iHire has been selected as one of the “Top 10 Recruitment Software Solution Providers - 2019,” by the HR Tech Outlook Magazine.

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