Yes, you should send a cover letter if it’s not requested. Sending a cover letter with your application gives you a huge advantage over applicants who choose not to send one because it shows employers you’re passionate about getting the job.
Additionally, cover letters improve your application by providing an opportunity to explain employment-related issues that a resume doesn’t allow for, such as employment gaps, how you’re willing to relocate for a position, or why you want the job and how you’d be a good fit.
However, you shouldn’t send a cover letter in the following situations:
- There’s no method to upload or send a cover letter with your resume
- The job description specifically states not to send a cover letter
- You don’t have enough time to write a good cover letter before the submission deadline