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If job applications have a section to upload your Resume, but don't have a section to upload your Cover Letter, do you attach the Cover Letter to your Resume?

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Not sure if every company has separate sections for uploading Resumes and Cover Letters, but I've ran into both situations and wasn't sure if you're supposed to attach the cover letter when there is only an "Upload Resume" section. #coverletter #resume #application #job-application

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Mili’s Answer


Hi Joleen!

From my experience, it's best to not attach a cover letter if they're not specifically asking for it. If it's not on the application page, the team is telling you they do not have time to read through everyone's cover letter. I found that cover letters almost never benefit the applicant, and I (personally) would not attach it nor spend time writing a document the HR rep might not have the time to read.

HR teams have large amounts of applicants where they spend days reading through applications. Instead of putting effort and time into a cover letter that they did not ask for, spend time perfecting your resume with a great design & great content. Make sure it allows you to stand out from the ground with an eye catching layout & list all of your experiences and skills that reflect what the organization is looking for.

And as always, stick to a 1-pager.


Good luck!

José Carlos’s Answer


In those cases, I would actually recommend not to submit a cover letter. The company is telling you they do not want it by not providing a means for you to upload it :)

Also, often companies that receive a high volume of applicants use automation to analyze your resume and do a first filter. If you add a cover letter, it may actually act negatively since those algorithms may fail to select your resume as a potential candidate.

For this reason (and for better readability), it is also good not to add to many graphics or fancy stuff to your resume. A quick google search for "mba style resume" will give you some templates to use as inspiration.

Brenda’s Answer


Yes. Attach a cover letter to your resume if it is well-written and customized for the job you are applying for.

Brenda recommends the following next steps:

  • Research cover letters for the position that you are applying to ensure that it is well-written. This can motivate the hiring manager to want to interview for the position

Kim’s Answer


Absolutely! Not every employer requires a cover letter, but, a well-written one, customized to the position for which you are applying, is always a good idea! Make sure that it shows that you have a very clear understanding of what the job entails and what the company is all about!

Good luck! ( and congrats on figuring it out!)