I’m a Hiring Manager, and I Always Read Cover Letters — 3 Reasons Why You Should Include Them (Guest Post on Fairy God Boss)

Typeriter on pink background with the words Dear Hiring Manager,

As a hiring manager, if your resume and cover letter make it past the algorithm, I want to see that you can write. I want to learn more about why my organization over anywhere else is where you want to work. I want to see if your skills are a good fit beyond what your resume indicates.

That means I actually read your cover letter.

A supervisor once explained it to me this way: “I can teach a candidate how to use the tools to do the job, but I can’t teach the candidate how to write, get along with people or be curious.”

In a successful cover letter — that starts with why this job and this organization specifically — you are telling me you are not only looking for the title associated with the position but at my organization, which makes me curious and inclined to look closer at what you would bring to the role.

Here’s Why You Should Always Include a Cover Letter

1. You can show your potential employer what kind of employee you are.

Writing well is a skill that takes time, practice and a dedicated process. Often this tells me quickly what kind of employee the applicant may be. If the cover letter is full of run-on sentences, rife with typos and other mistakes, it will give me pause and make me look closer at other performance indicators.

A rushed cover letter isn’t an outright dealbreaker, but it does tell me the candidate didn’t take the time to proofread.

2. It’s a chance to brag about yourself.

A cover letter is an opportunity to showcase big wins and provide additional details about how and why you are the best person to do the job you are applying to do. If you can quantify this information, do so. Being able to share numbers even in a generalized way indicates you are able to quantify your work.

Use the space to highlight objectives achieved and goals accomplished with specifics. Providing details on the results of your work, even if you only had a small part in an overall project tells me you care about what happens after your work leaves your hands.

Better yet, tell me how you impacted your current employer and your designated goals and objectives. Did a process change because you observed an issue? Did you catch a small error before it turned into a bigger error? Did your work help your organization achieve a goal on time and on budget?

3. You get to prove that you’re the right person to join this team.

With your cover letter, you also have the opportunity to indicate you would be a good team and culture fit. My favorite cover letters tell me how the candidate made their current organization, team or process better. Maybe you revamped the script you use when answering the phone to be more conducive for routing the calls to the right person more quickly. Maybe you initiated a task tracking system for yourself or your team to better keep track of who is working on what, when. You have likely done more than your job description and a cover letter is a great time to expound on those job duties.

How to Write a Cover Letter Every Hiring Manager Wants to Read

At a loss for how to start crafting a cover letter hiring managers want to read? Find your current job description or rewrite your current job description.

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Almond Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

Green background with the words Easy Homemade Cookie Dough Protein Bites Recipe with a photo image of the cookie dough balls with prominent m&ms and chocolate chips.

We love these almond butter protein bites for peanut-free, easy snacks for elementary kids. Great for lunches and snacks.

Easy Cookie Dough Protein Bites

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup oatmeal Quick cooking works best but we've used old fashioned as well.
  • 1/2 cup almond butter You might need slightly more. It might easier to use this briefly (20 seconds or less) warmed in the microwave. You can also substitute sunflower butter or peanut butter if you prefer.
  • 1/3 cuo honey
  • 1/3 cuo protein powder vanilla We have also had success using chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt our favorite is kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup m&ms or mini chocolate chips Or both. You can also add more or less depending on your taste.


  • add oatmeal, protein powder, honey and almond butter, vanilla and salt to a bowl.
  • Mix with your hands.
  • Add chocolate chips and/or mini M&Ms.
  • Mix again. Form into balls.
  • Refigerate overnight.
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Mulan Noodles aka Beef Chow Fun

This dish has become a staple in our house. It’s a variation of a dish in Miss A’s first cookbook: Disney Princess Cookbook (affiliate link) and this amazing recipe from Woks of Life. We’ve made some modifications usually based on what we have on hand and if we need to use up a whole onion or are missing green onions.

Mulan Noodles also known as Beef Chow Fun on a white plate

Mulan Noodles aka Beef Chow Fun

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people


Beef Marinade

  • 8 oz. flank steak sliced thin (we often get this presliced from our grocer)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch You can also use arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Rest of the Dish

  • 12 oz. rice noodles we usually use these prepackaged ones (affilate link)
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 4 scallions split in half or cut into inch long pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger we use the ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons regular soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 ounces fresh bean sprouts We've previously used canned but it never turns out as good.
  • 1 onion sliced


  • Combine the beef and marinade ingredients and marinate for at least an 1 hour. (There have been times we've only let the beef marindate for a half hour and while the dish is still good, it is better if you let it marinate longer, so plan ahead.)
  • Unpackage the noodles. If the noodles are very stiff and stuck together, boil some water and add the noodles. Let them sit for about 30 seconds to a minute to loosen. Then drain.
  • Heat your wok or pan over high heat and add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to coat the wok. Add the beef and sear until browned. Remove the beef from the pan. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons more sunflower or vegetable oil. Add the ginger and cook for about 15 seconds. Add the scallions.
  • Add the noodles and stir-fry on high for about 15 seconds. Add the Shaoxing wine.
  • Add the sesame oil, soy sauces, pinch of sugar and seared beef. Stir-fry. Tip from Woks of Life that is BRILLIANT: Lift the noodles in an upward motion to mix well and coat them evenly with the sauce.
  • Add a bit of salt and white pepper to taste (taste the noodles before adding salt). Add the bean sprouts and stir-fry. Serve hot.
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Homemade Dairy Free Hot Butter Beer

Image shows a mug of dairy free Butter Beer with the title Homemade Hot Butter Beer with the words Dairy Free and Easy Recipe in round circles

This is so much easier than I expected! We’ve been reading our way through the Harry Potter series and on a recent cold day decided to try a recipe for Dairy-Free Butter Beer. After searching for a recipe and not finding one, I combined a few different recipes to create this one.

Three mugs of Hot Homemade Dairy Free Butter Beer on a counter

Homemade Dairy Free Hot Butter Beer

Course Drinks
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons butterscotch jello pudding mix
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cans cream soda warmed
  • dash salt


  • heat the vanilla almond milk over medium low heat, add pudding mix and other ingredients leaving out the cream soda. Stir with a whisk until well blended and heated through. Remove from heat.
  • Warm the cream soda. We did this by warming it in a separete pot on low heat. Pour the warmed soda into a mug. Add the heated butterscotch mixture and mix with a fork slowly (it will foam!).
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No Spend Month Updates

Small glass jar with a cork lid and pennies inside with a label and the word budget affixed in the middle

I knew the lessons of this year’s No Spend February lessons were sinking in when I finally figured out what to add to a perpetually empty and dusty but very usable shelf and more importantly when our family conversations about want and need changed to what we are individually and together saving to buy later.

Only adding one item to the wish list was another indication we were starting to change our focus and reevaluate instant gratification.

Though we mostly avoided adding extra things to the grocery cart and maintained a decreased grocery budget for the last 20 days, we weren’t perfect.

I had a work trip and used a birthday gift certificate to a day spa while I was there but forgot to pack a bathing suit and had to purchase one from Target for $38. Though I could have not purchased the bathing suit, I would not have been able to enjoy all the wonderful amenities that went along with my gift.

While I was out of town, my family went out for an unplanned dinner and after a particularly hard day, we went out to dinner, but the total of both meals was less than another birthday gift, so this came out nearly even.

We needed to replace one of our humidifiers, which absolutely fell under the need category, but we also didn’t price compare and just picked one we knew would be in stock. We probably spent a bit more than we otherwise would have.

There were a few other unplanned purchases in the last 20 days:

  • Trail Race fee $35 (I’d forgotten to register in January as initially planned.)
  • Visit to a local indoor pool $10
  • A coffee meeting $8

    Added up our unplanned expenses came out to about $212, which is less than we would have typically spent at this point in the month.