Cover letters: dead or alive?

DEAR JOYCE: Hoping to change jobs soon, I recently read that cover letters are yesterday and to forget about them. True or false? -- V.S.

We've heard about the demise of cover letters for years. Opinions vary. But this time it's probably true for a portion of job seekers. That's the view of influential recruiting consultant Mark Mehler. With Gerry Crispin, Mehler operates CareerXRoads, a top management consultancy, and regularly interacts with the nation's key employers.


Here's Mehler's key advice: The larger the company, the more it becomes automated and robotic.

Forget about a cover letter when applying to midsize and big companies (500 or...