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

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What order should experiences appear in a coverletter?

In cover letters what order should experiences (for example work you did in previous jobs) be discussed? Chronological, reverse chronological or by order of relevance? I'm applying to a job right now ...
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How to include creative abilities in cover letter/resume?

I found a job posting which explicitly states they are looking for creative people. I consider myself to be fairly creative but am unsure how to include this in a resume or cover letter. I don't see ...
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Applying for a position that I previously held

I previously held a position at company X. I left because my spouse got a job offer in another location, but also my boss didn't like me very much and didn't let me do my job properly and he hadn't ...
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Basic cover letter questions [closed]

I have two questions about the 1st and 3rd paragraphs in a cover letter. When I write the sentence immediately after my formal request for the position, I will either write: "I believe my ...
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How should students applying for internships/co-ops mention classes they have taken and the things they accomplished in class?

I'm in my schools co-op program. An instructor said I should include the "awesome courses I have taken and what I did in them". Is this recommend? A potential problem could be that the reader wouldn't ...
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Mentioning academic concession when sending transcripts

I am applying for co-op jobs through my school. Some require me to send a transcript. Last semester I missed a lot of school due to illness and did poorly, which I'm worried will negatively impact my ...
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Is it ok to use emoticons in cover letters?

I like emoticons, it is a way to express my feelings about something through otherwise cold emails or digital letters. As a software developer applicant, I am wondering if adding emoticons (wisely ...
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Cover letter for internship in computers [closed]

I need to write a impressive cover letter for my mail in which I am sending my CV for internship programme. I got mail ids of few companies and I don't know whether they have opportunities related to ...
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Basics of job applying [duplicate]

There are different methods companies follow to help them select their prospective candidate. One of them is online job applications. In this we have two options where, one is to go through a set of ...
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Cover letter in e-mail body? [duplicate]

I am applying to a company for an internship and I am wondering whether I should attach my cover letter to the e-mail or just write that as the e-mail body. I feel that including it in the e-mail ...
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What should I include in my technical cover letter so that I maximize my chances of landing an interview? [closed]

My cover letters are pretty short. Usually I say how I would like to work for them this summer, I'm motivated, show that I've done some research about their company, and then say which of my skills ...
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contact details at the bottom of a cover letter

I've read online (on about.com to be precise) that certain types of cover letters that can be closed with the contact details at the bottom, They called this type of cover letters "email cover ...
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Should I write my biography in the first or third person?

On many different professional profiles (Linked-In, personal website, StackExchange sites etc) I see some users writing their biographies in first person and others in third person. I feel like third ...
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In résumé/cover letter what to put if company changed its name?

I had worked for a company that changed its name. In my résumé and cover letter should I just use the new name or should I mention the old one too? This wasn't an acquisition or anything, simply a ...
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Should you avoid using phrases that sound cliche in a cover letter or professional profile page?

I'm reading an example of what a profile summary might say, and it goes: I'm a team player, hard worker, and ... What is the word on using phrases like that? Does "hard worker" sound too ambiguous ...
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In a non-English speaker country, should I write my resume in English when English is one of the requirements?

I have read this question Is it better to write a good cover letter in English or a mediocre one in the local language? but this is a different scenario. Often, one of the requirements demanded on ...
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How to show interest to work for a potential employer

I am interested in working for a particular organization (this is in US). The manager has asked via a friend of mine that I send (email) my CV to him. I have seen him a couple of times in the past. ...
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Writing a resume after an academic setback [closed]

I'm a computer science student in college. Over the summer, I lost a major scholarship and was removed from an honors program for my major. One of my classes is a senior project course. I will be ...
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Should you list a desired position title in your resume?

Back in the day I was told that you should always list the title of the position you're applying for, in your resume. However, some companies only accept resumes you upload to their websites, and they ...
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What is the difference between a cover letter and a resume? [closed]

I'm not 100% with terms in English, so maybe I'm missing something. When applying for a job, what is the difference between a resume and a cover letter? Some companies ask for one or the other, some ...
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When sending resume and cover letter in an email, what to put in the email body? [closed]

I would like to send my resume and cover letters in an email to a recruiter officer of an employer. I have both resume and cover letters in pdf. But I am not sure what is to say in the email body. ...
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Talk about expected graduation date on cover letter?

With an expected graduation from a master's program in 7 months, I recently started the process of applying for jobs and submitting my resume to companies for full-time and hopefully long-term ...
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Should I mention not knowing a particular programming language in the cover letter?

If a position requires programming language "A", but I only know a different one, is it recommended to mention that in the cover letter? Such as when an employer prefers someone knowing SAS over ...
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Should follow-up be promised in a cover letter? [closed]

I recently wrote a cover letter in which I promised to follow up in a specific amount of time. My reasoning was that I would be able to demonstrate a small measure of credibility by following through ...
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Should a disability be included on the resume or cover letter?

I have a friend who is trying to find a job who happens to be deaf. She can read lips and communicate effectively. Currently, she has those facts listed both in her cover letter and resume. When she ...
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How do you sell yourself to a company where you will not have all the skills necessary to jump right into the job?

I've been a game developer for two years primarily working in Unity3d and C# but am interested in transitioning into software, most likely C# related, since that is my strongest language. The problem ...
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How do you clearly answer interview questions about your motivations for applying?

I have two primary reasons to leaving my current company but I don't know how to clearly express them in an interview or cover letter. Most projects I work on are very 'by the seat of your pants' ...
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Writing a letter asking for a job that's not advertised

I'm in a position where I am about to write a company asking for a job, and basically describing my own job position. This company is aching for people and is looking for smart people, but at the same ...
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Should I mention that I'm negotiating with another company?

I'm in the final hiring process of a company based in UK, and today a company from my country contacted me showing interest on my profile for new open vacancies they have here. I would prefer to work ...
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Is a Motivation Letter for Employment different from the letter used while applying for a student visa?

I am a non EU person, a third country national, and if I want to convert my student visa into a salary one, I have to write a Motivation letter for Employment to the Embassy of the concerned country ...
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Where should I say that I need sponsorship?

I want to emigrate from my country to U.S., Canada, UK or Australia. Living in EU, move to UK isn't a problem legally talking, but I can't say the same about the others countries. Basically, you ...
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How can I get feedback on why my resume is not getting me interviews?

I've been looking for job since July and I have got only one interview. I'm realistic, I'm a recent grad so I'm applying for intership/entry level positions, not mid/senior ones. I'm not even applying ...
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How to approach a cover letter with a lack of skills as a recent graduate? [closed]

How does one deal with the lack of experience when applying for jobs? For example, recently, I began a cover letter like this: As a recent graduate I don't have so much professional experience, ...
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What examples can I use for “attention to detail” in my cover letter or CV?

As a student I'm applying for a student role within my University, or College as known in the USA, and one of the skills it requires is attention to detail. Unfortunately, I've not had much work ...
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Student Internships: Should I explain why I am taking so long to finish school in cover letter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How could I explain a 2 year gap in obtaining a degree due to dropping out and then returning? I've been doing my engineering degree since 2007. I did very poorly on my ...
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How to structure a cover letter for new grad positions

Since I am going to graduate in May I have started to apply for different software engineering positions, especially titled with the suffix New Grad. Although my cover letter has already undergone ...
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How to express that a non-disclosure agreement forbids you from listing work samples in an application

When applying for a job, how do you express that a current work contract forbids you from listing those projects in a portfolio (and consequently, there is no items in your portfolio for the time of ...
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Should a cover letter take a page or should it be short?

Right now I am writing a cover letter to apply for a job, some people tell me cover letters should be short while other people tell me a cover letter should take up a page. Anyone who works in HR ...
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Cover letter for job advertised by recruiter

For positions advertised by recruiters, the details tend to be vague. Is it a good idea to ask a recruiter for more information about a position before replying so that I can write a more targeted ...
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Cover letter - “Include information on how you plan to follow up”

I was looking at this guide for writing a cover letter. It suggests that the final paragraph should: Included information on how you plan to follow up to schedule an interview after they receive ...
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How do I address a cover letter if I can't find out who is responsible for hiring interns?

Right now I am trying to write a cover letter for an IT internship at an energy company but cannot find any information on who is hiring the interns. I have googled for about an hour and could not ...
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Is it better to write a good cover letter in English or a mediocre one in the local language?

I'm applying for positions in Sweden, but come from another Nordic country. Most recruiters require that I speak both Swedish and English. Currently, I can easily keep up a conversation in Swedish and ...
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When writing cover letters, how should I balance story telling and specific connections to job advertisements

Recently I wrote a cover letter for a position as a quantitative analyst position posted by company X. I am a Ph.D. student in operations research, so I generally am qualified for the position. For ...
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Cover Letter for an experienced professional

I'm looking for what should be in a cover letter for someone who has at least 5 years of experience in the field (software engineering). Should it focus more on previous education, specific projects ...
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Including the Cover Letter at the End of the CV

I figured out I may as well send a .PDF file featuring my CV and Cover Letter. It sounds simpler to handle on the other side. The cover letter begins on a new page so when it's printed, it looks like ...
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Generic cover letter, or none at all?

I'm an undergraduate student that is actively looking for any involvement in personal projects, internships or employment opportunities within my field of study. As a result, I tend to carry plenty of ...
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How should I represent myself in a cover letter when applying for a job in which I have zero experience?

I was recently informed about a job at a kitchen, working as a general assistant; the tasks would be simple: clearing tables, preparing food, washing up, etc. However, I've never formally worked in a ...
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Writing cover letters when the company is not identified

It is usually commonplace for me to come across a job listing that does not name the company that's looking to fill in the job and just has a list of expected tasks/responsibilities for the job. But ...