When looking for candidates to work for your company, especially if you have a small company, you want to be sure you pick the right person for the job. This person should not only be able to complete the tasks the job description requires, but should also provide valuable skills and be compatible with key company culture values.
Cover Letters Weed Out Uncommitted Job Seekers
You may have heard the phrase “you never know until you try” when discussion job applications. This is generally meant in this context as a go ahead and apply, even if you don’t really want or need the job. Requesting additional steps in the hiring process allows you to weed out someone who is really not that committed or interested in your company. If the application process is too difficult they just won’t even bother. Or, if they do, their cover letter will generally be very generic and show their lack of real interest without any additional steps that might waste your valuable time.
While obviously you aren’t going to request a cover letter in place of a resume, they both work in very different ways to provide you with valuable information.
A resume is going to give you a detailed history of the applicant. Information like degrees, jobs, volunteer work, and some general specifications about what they did at each position. It will also give you a timeline of the applicant’s work history which can also be very useful, especially when thinking about how dedicated an employee is to a job.
When looking at a resume you can generally make assumptions or connections between what it is that person has to offer in terms of skills. But through a cover letter you allow that applicant to explain to you what they can do that they think you will value. It gives you insight into how the mind of the applicant works, and also tests communication skills, which are usually fairly important no matter what position you are hiring for.
You Have Better Things To Do
The hiring process can be long and drawn out. As a small business you have a million other things you have to worry about, so expecting the most from job applicants is something you can afford to do. It will allow you to narrow down your choices to the most dedicated, and best qualified, group of candidates, and saves you time in the interview process by allowing you to have more material to base your decision on.