There are a few questions that are routinely in the race for my "most asked question" award.
One of those contenders is: "Do I really need to send cover letters?"
Some advice I've given before here on the blog:
First , always submit a cover letter with your resume unless a company/organization specifically asks for only a resume. An ideal cover letter can take many forms to be sure, but its main goal should be to motivate the reader to take a close look at your resume.
Moreover, I typically like to see a cover letter that gives the reader a bit more information – some “context” that will help them to make further sense of the resume. Oftentimes, a cover letter becomes more important once the list of job candidates has been whittled down. That’s when the “extras” that a cover letter provides can make all of the difference.
Now, go get to work on your best cover letter yet!