Questions about writing cover letters that accompany a professional résumé or CV

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What are the pros and cons of mentioning that salary is not most important factor for me in my cover letter?

I found in the news about one big company that the president said something like "the money is not most important thing, so we just pay just so the workers would not go to other companies". I like ...
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Can I give feedback to a potential employer about their product?

I am applying for a job these days. I found a company with an interesting product today so I checked their product. I liked the product overall but had some feedback on how it can be improved further ...
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How to get back in workplace after a long absence

I've been out of the workplace for 3 years due to some severe health problems (8 surgeries within 2.5 years). The surgeries are finally behind me, but I don't know how I can re-enter the workforce ...
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Long Job Titles in Cover Letters

In a cover letter, should the job title you are applying to be included in the opening sentence, or at least the opening paragraph? Many of the positions I am applying to have long titles (7-8 words), ...
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I want to apply in this company because they provide international mobility. How should i write it? [closed]

I'm a french student in industrial engineering, working in apprenticeship and I would like to go abroad for my first job. I heard, from another's company employee, they are searching for an industrial ...
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No cover letter upload available

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?
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Found my cover letter to a private company online

I applied to private company in Switzerland few years ago and I wasn't selected. No big deal. Problem is that I recently found my cover letter online at some careers website. This was simply by ...
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How to reapply after turning down a position

I was offered a position in October 2015. I turned it down because I had been working at home for about 10 months and wasn't sure I wanted to go back to an office full time (after working in one for ...
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Writing a cover letter after a attending career fair w/o hearing recruiter's full name

Yesterday I attended my university's career fair and I'm now in the process of writing cover letters and applying to the companies I talked to online. For one particular company that I'm interested in,...
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Cover letter as email body or attachment? [closed]

If a job wants you to apply via email there are a few options 1) Put the cover letter as email body text. This will guarantee that the receiver will read it. But, it will also mean that if the ...
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Should I focus my cover letter to the job requirements?

It's my first time writing a cover letter. I wrote a draft of my cover letter and were thinking if it should be written focusing to the company's requirements for the job or just do something generic ...
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How can I get interviews after 1 year's gap after college? [closed]

I graduated from college in December 2014 with a computer science BS degree. I have a 3.4 GPA and had two summer internships as a software developer with a top-tier tech company during my ...
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Should I include a cover letter?

I am looking to apply to a test automation position and on the online application it asks me to attach my resume, but then it has a text box with a caption along the lines of "You can use the ...
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Which language for cover letter, CV and interview [duplicate]

I am an italian guy who wants to send my cv to a danish company. This company is set in Milan and I think that italian is the only language they'll speak in the workplace, but their site, facebook ...
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How to handle a deal breaking mistake in a cover letter or résumé?

I recently applied for a great job. I'm scheduled for an interview tomorrow and objectively it seems like I'm a good fit for the company and have a fair shot at the position. I made a HUGE mistake in ...
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Is it a good idea to list my information resources in a cover letter?

I am applying to a job in a field that I, unfortunately, don't have any experience in. All I know about it are some books, news articles that mention the breakthroughs in that field and a ...
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“Introduce yourself” section vs cover letter?

I'm applying for a game programmer job online and they have a button where I can upload my resume file, and a section that says "Introduce yourself". I found it a bit weird cause usually all other ...
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Should I include a cover letter in an online application that only asks and allows for a resume?

I am looking at applying for a job online, direct with the employer. Their application process merely asks for name and contact details, then an attached resume. No mention of a cover letter is made, ...
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Should I go with 'complex problems' or 'tricky problems' in my cover letter? [closed]

I writing a cover letter and I am not sure what it is more appropriate to say - if complex problems or tricky problems. The whole sentence is: I have strong analytical skills, which enable me to ...
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Incomplete Degree - How to phrase this on resume or cover letter?

I have two unfinished undergraduate degrees from two different universities, one in Math, and one in Computer Science. I also have a completed college diploma in computer programming, and a few years ...
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Can I highlight a specific product I co-developed in the cover letter and/or CV?

I'm currently applying for jobs as a software developer. In my current position, I co-developed one of our "prime" applications of our company. The application itself is niche, but there are plenty of ...
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How can I convincingly show my amateur knowledge will translate well to a professional role? [duplicate]

I've spotted a job vacancy for a photographic assistant at a large online retailer - so basically, product photography in a studio. I have all but one of the 'desirables' on the listing, namely ...
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Information in a cover letter for an online application?

The traditional guidance I've found regarding cover letters says that one should include: Biographical information Which position I'm applying for However, if I'm applying for a job online, ...
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In a cover letter, is it appropriate to address one person in particular and add a general phrase?

I'm applying to a job where I, thanks to a referral, already have I contact within the company. However, I'm not at all sure who will be reading my cover letter - my contact is a team lead, but not a ...
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Chronic Illness, Third Degree and Cover Letters [closed]

I am having trouble getting companies to reply to my applications, believe because I got a 3rd degree from Oxford. Unfortunately the underachieving was strongly related to the onset of my Crohn's ...
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Is it appropriate to include drawings in a cover letter?

We all know that a picture worth a thousand words. Visualization is even a branch of science. Since the job I intend to work is in quantitative analysis, I think adding visualizations in my cover ...
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Looking for an internship abroad - How to reassure the recruiter?

I need to do an internship abroad. However, I don't know how to reassure the recruiter about the difference of language in my covering letter. There is no difference of culture as I am from France and ...
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Writing Reason for Early Departure on Cover Letter

I am currently in a job I started four months ago, and it has not been going well for me. The work environment is very toxic where my co-workers don't have any respect for the management or each other ...
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Cover letter with two recipients

My cover letter has two intended recipients. How do I handle putting two names in the address and salutation? EDIT: Format is important - I'd still expect the address to look like this: Name ...
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Should i ask agencies about the name of their client

usually agencies doesnt include the name of their client( usually a company) should i ring them? or should i just put " your client's blah blah"? Question is, Is it okay to just put the "your client" ...
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How to write an email informing management about new qualifications? [closed]

I have just completed my MSc in Forest Economics and Management. How do I inform my employer of my newly acquired certificate?
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Tips for writing a cover letter for a programming job [closed]

I am starting the process of looking for a new programming job. Cover letter writing has never been my strong suite. A little about me: I'm a senior software engineer. Mostly .NET stack and web (...
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Should I emphasize my non-traditional career path in a cover letter?

I have an unconventional career path from management to engineering, which is considered backwards to traditional, when a person first gets hired for sort of junior engineering position and then grows ...
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Should I try send extra documents, after accidentally submitting an application without them?

I just sent off an application for an internship. I included a CV that was partially tailored for the company (I didn't rewrite my generic one, but changed it to emphasize skills relevant to the ...
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Specify 'Paid/Unpaid' Internship On Resume Cover Letter

I read this post which deals with openly paid internships, but I don't think it fully answers this specific question: When looking for a paid internship only, is it a good idea to include this in ...
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Wording the cover letter when the list of qualifications for a job is long

This is such a basic question I can't believe I haven't thought of it earlier. It's a bit tricky to state. I was taught when writing one should avoid overly long lists. I believe this applies doubly ...
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Is it okay to not include “À l’attention de” in a “lettre de motivation”?

I'm required to write a French "lettre de motivation" for an internship in a French school. I don't know the name of the director of the school or HR manager or their gender, bearing in mind that I ...
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Is there a point in putting “resume enclosed” on cover letter?

When I learned about cover letter writing I was taught to put at the bottom of the cover letter "Encl.: Resume (2 pages)" Do people still do this or is it largely obsolete with online applications? I ...
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How to present previous employer if company said not to disclose any information

When I worked at IBM my manager never made clear what was considered confidential and what I was allowed to say I did during my employment. I eventually called Employee Services Contact Centre but the ...
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Including LinkedIn on resume/cover letter [duplicate]

What are the pros and cons of including a URL to your LinkedIn profile on your resume or cover letter? I have most of my contact information on my cover letter and only my phone number on my resume, ...
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Opening line on coverletter

In every book and article I red the example cover letters start with "Dear Mr.So and So," or "Dear Hiring Manager," or "Dear HR,". Most job applications I see do not specify the name or position of ...
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How to state in the cover letter that I left a job for a reason

After graduating I worked in my home country for one year to gain experience. Then I wanted to improve my English, so I went to Ireland for a 6 month internship. I didn't enjoy it there, so I didn't ...
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Contacting previous employer for employment again

I did an internship as a Software Developer for a big company and subsequently, they offered me a job. I turned down that job since I wanted to do higher studies. Now I am trying to apply for the same ...
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Is it unprofessional to write “Happy Holidays!” at the end of a cover letter?

I plan on sending my application to a library page position at my local library today (Christmas 2014). I was thinking about adding a more personal touch at the end of the letter by writing Happy ...
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Voice perspective to be used when composing a cover letter [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the appropriate voice perspective to be used when composing a cover letter for job searching in the financial services industry. I vs. you. vs. he / she. My thinking goes ...
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Mention previous interviews in cover letter for same company?

I interviewed for a position in a company. In the end, they hired someone with experience (I am about to graduate). Even though I did not get the job, I made it to the last round and the interviewers ...
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(How) do I mention related mainstream software package on my resume?

I'm applying for engineering jobs which for the most part have extensive experience in Solidworks as an essential requirement. However, the package I have experience in is SolidEdge. Now, I know ...
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is it a good idea to start cover letter with this sentence? [closed]

I have always believed that studying is a never-ending process, ...... I wonder if this a good start for a cover letter, or maybe i should start with another variation like: Studying is a never-...
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How to make cover letter company specific when the job field is rarely related to the company activity?

It is well-known that cover letter should demonstrate interest to the targeted company: "simply put, no the point of a cover letter is to articulate why you will be valuable to my company and how. ...
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Screwed my online application (no cover letter by accident). Move on or contact HR? [closed]

I applied for a position (software engineer) through a company's JobScore portal and there was a checkbox to include a cover letter in raw text. I pasted a cover letter prepared beforehand and I ...