Cover letters are the bane of job hunting. No one likes writing them. No one likes reading them. Some hiring managers and recruiters admit throwing the cover letters out without reading them. Still, I love them.
To be clear, I love to get them. I hate writing them. They are a pain in the neck, and even though I write for a living, I find cover letters challenging to write.
Still, they are a valuable tool for job hunters and hiring managers alike. I can 100 percent support making cover letters optional, but always give an option.