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

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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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Cover Letter Structure when applying for multiple positions under same hiring manager [closed]

I've applied for a position, and within days of applying, a nearly identical, slightly higher-level position for which I feel I'm also qualified has been posted. The application system is a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Update a potential employer if I have received new credentials?

I have applied to a job and now have received credentials on a relevant skill / ability after having already applied (cover letter + resume + transcript). I informed the employer before hand that I ...
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Is mentioning having a disorder in a cover letter a bad idea? [duplicate]

I am currently a university student applying to companies for internships. In my first two years at university, I was experiencing symptoms of an autoimmune disorder that went misdiagnosed as ...
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Work experience in cover letter

I have working experience of 1 year and a half. I'm writing my cover letter and I'm stuck in this part For more than a year I have been working as a software engineer, and have been responsible ...
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For a cover letter, what is the appropriate salutation line when no specific contact is given?

In the jobs I'm applying for, none of them have a contact listed, and I'm unable to identify a hiring manager in any way. Right now I've got a generic line at the top of the cover letter: To whom ...
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Will a restructuring that “downgraded” my role look bad on CV - and how to make it look better? [closed]

So, technically speaking I was not demoted, but if I list my titles chronologically, it will appear that I was "downgraded" from manager to assistant team leader. This was due to an internal ...
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How do I put into a resume if I left/fired under probationary period

I would like to know if it is a good idea to put on my résumé a job I had for two or three month and for which I was fired or resigned from during the probationary period. If so, how do you include ...
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Is it acceptable to speak of your current job in a cover letter?

I am currently employed as the only web developer at a small development and marketing company. I develop the websites and projects for clients from start to finish utilizing mainly PHP. ...
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How to evaluate applications with a bad cover letter? [closed]

I have recently been given the task to evaluate applications. Note that I am not responsible for hiring, nor do I take any active role in the decision making. Instead I am only asked to provide ...
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Answering the Diversity Question for Mathematics Instructor Applications

As I apply for several other colleges who are hiring part time math teachers, I find myself wondering about this question as it is asked on ALL college instruction applications. Some of the questions ...
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Should I include Cover Letter if not asked

I am applying for a job, but they don't ask for Cover Letter. Should I include a cover letter anyway. If I was on the hiring end, I would look straight at the applicant's resume, and if I am ...
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Mentioning a lack of experience - is this a hazard?

Suppose I recently found a job posting that works heavily with Technology X, among several other technologies. I have worked with most of the other technologies that they require in a candidate (so I ...
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How to state in cover letter that I don't fit one of job requirements?

I have an interesting job offer (robotics engineer with Android/Java) and I match most of the requirements except for work experience in robotics (however I'm not totally noob in that area because few ...
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Should you address a specific person in your cover letter at all cost?

Recently I read this specific advice on writing a cover letter reiterated in different forms many times: Address your cover letter directly to the hiring manager or recruiter. Nothing says ...
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How to discuss a skill, technology or method on my resume that is superior to the standard one required on the job specs?

Let's say the majority of companies in the industry adopt a specific strategy, technology or method X to achieve their core business targets and it works just fine and is recognized as the industry ...
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Can I mention my past employer's lack of innovation on a job interview/cover letter?

I've moved on from three job positions over the past two years partially because of those companies' lack of innovation and unwillingness to change. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (for the ...
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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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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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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 ...