Is writing that cover letter necessary?

Are cover letters necessary these days? That's up to the employer you're trying to get hired by. Read the job description carefully: a cover letter can be your first test as an employee.
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Rick Gillis has been involved in the" business of employment" since 1997 when he was instrumental in introducing the first local employment website to the greater Houston market. Since that time Rick has aggressively studied employment and the practice of job seeking from the perspective of both the employer and employee.

Rick has a “street-level” knowledge of the technological and mechanical aspects of the employment business to include resume development - specifically, his Short-Form resume format designed to navigate resume-filtering software; employment advertising; recruiting; pre-employment assessments; networking and social networking; age-discrimination issues; the human resources function; diversity considerations; staffing companies; web based applicant-tracking systems and, of course, Internet employment protocols. Rick is passionate about his topic - high energy, actionable, focused, motivating and on-point.

Rick is an in-demand speaker and consultant speaking not just on the various aspects of job search but also on talent management, employee engagement, promotion, transition and motivation.

Rick serialized his book PROMOTE! here on CIO. He also has published JOB!.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Rick Gillis and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.