There is debate if it is necessary to have cover letters. Here’s the breakdown:
- Recruiters look for information of your background.
- Hiring Managers look for style and substance.
Is it important to have a cover letter? Yes, but the cover letter starts in the second round when the Hiring Manager receives it from HR/Recruiting department. So when writing a cover letter, focus on the hiring manager, not the recruiter (unless the hiring manager is the recruiter).