I know there are a lot of people here who are involved with hiring in different ways, so I'd like to get some opinions on what I think is a fairly common piece of advice for job hunters - which is to include a line in your cover letter to say that you will call that person in a few days to discuss the opportunity.
Personally, I am not in favour of including this line and also not in favour of job hunters making these kinds of calls. IME if I want to know more about an applicant I will call them myself, and I will also be in touch if I want to set up an interview. If someone is interested in the job, I know that because they applied. And it is not a good use of my time to handle multiple phone calls of this kind, if there are a lot of applicants. Also IME the people who call most frequently to "discuss" the vacancy are usually the least qualified or the most obnoxious.
However, I know that a lot of job hunting advice says to put this line in your cover letter and to make the call, because it shows initiative and that you are pro-active.
What do others think?