I have found a few on-line application sites that only allow resume uploads. Should I add a cover letter as first page of my resume, or is it considered bad form / improper to do so. Why or why not?
I have found a few on-line application sites that only allow resume uploads. Should I add a cover letter as first page of my resume?
If the website doesn't provide a way to upload cover letters, then that means they don't want one.
And if the first page of your document is a cover letter, then it's possible that the reader may just discard your application without even realizing that your resume is at the back.
Just supply whatever it is that they are asking for and omit anything else.
You should not.
The employer has established the rules and expectations by how they designed the application. Trying to go around the rules because you don't like them is not likely to endear you to any employer. That might be acceptable when you have an extended tenure within the company, but when you are trying to get in, follow the rules and do things their way.
Personally, I don't place much value on the cover letters I receive. There is very little of verifiable value you can explain in a cover letter that isn't in your resume.
Maybe my perspective is off because it seems every cover letter I receive is from a "motivated self-starter with excelent writen and oral comunication skill"