When looking for a job, you have probably met with a request to attach a cover letter more than once. I will talk a little bit about how to write a cover letter because I think it is worth discussing this topic. It is not as easy as it seems.
Do you need to attach a cover letter to your CV?
Returning to the question asked - is it always worth sending a cover letter, the answer is "no". Probably many of you are shocked right now, and recruiters are biting the keyboard in anger, but that's the truth. In many industries, a covering letter is simply a figment of the recruiter.
Suppose you are a graphic designer and someone is expecting a cover letter from you - what will you think? Well ... how to show your work in the cover letter. In some industries, it's better to send your portfolio and treat it as a cover letter.
In which industries does the portfolio work better? In creative industries, e.g. graphics can send their portfolio showing existing graphics, banners, rollups, etc., certainly in the interior design industry, where you can show projects completed so far, as well as in the Social Media industry that I deal with.
When applying to a company in 99%, I send my portfolio, in which I place screenshots of the fanpages I have run so far, the graphics I did, as well as screenshots from the blog, because it shows that I do not just close to the fanpage itself.
In other industries, it's worth to attach a cover letter. Just ... what to include in it ?!
How to write a good cover letter?
The cover letter is a kind of CV supplement that should contain information ADDITIONAL. We never duplicate information from the CV in the cover letter, we only write about our additional skills, e.g. fast typing, and (most importantly) we write in a few sentences why we want to work in this company.
You can write that the company philosophy suits you, or work in a given position will give you the opportunity to develop previously acquired skills.
Good luck in your job search! If you have any questions about the cover letter - let me know in the comments.