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

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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 ...
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Should one always mention numbers/percents for algorithm results in an interview/cover letter?

If I am referring to my implementation / use of a machine learning algorithm for some task that is relevant to the job, should I always be ready to give information about the performance of the ...
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How to express my interest in multiple positions on my cover letter

With most companies I apply to, they allow the applicant to attach one resume and one cover letter. If there is more than one position that I am interest in, which in most cases there are, I say that ...