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Zahid Gani asked on Aug 25, 2020

Hi Preplounge

I am currently applying for an associate role at McKinsey Vancouver as an experienced hire. Would anyone be willing to review my resume and provide any insights/areas for improvement.

I have received varying responses to this question, but does anybody know how important a cover letter is?

Thank you!

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Ian
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replied on Aug 26, 2020
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Hi Zahid,

Yes, send it over!

A cover letter in general is important to get right, but is a "table stakes" item. Meaning, you have to do it, you have to do it to a certain level of quality, but once that threshold has been passed you're not going to make a difference to your application.

All that said, McKinsey itself does not care about Cover Letters.

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Antonello
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replied on Aug 31, 2020
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Hi Zahid,

feel free to send it.

Regarding the cover letter instead, I confirm it is much less important and only HR are going to read it

Best,
Antonello

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Raj
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replied on Feb 21, 2021
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Sure feel free to share with me

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Henning
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replied on Sep 09, 2020
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Happy to take a look! Feel free to send it over.

The cover letter is usually not very important (still you should include one). Where it does become critical is when you need to plug certain gaps in your CV. E.g. if you need to explain why you are applying to a certain office location, or what you did during a 6 months gap in your CV timeline.

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Anonymous replied on Aug 26, 2020

Dear Zahid,

You can send it to me.

Cover letter is a part of your application, unless you apply with referrals. But you'd better have than not.

Best,
André

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