I am writing in my cover letter something in the lines of:

I am applying for the XXX job offering as posted at http://www.example.com/vacany.

Is it appropriate or common to use a footnote, in order to format it like this?

I am applying for the XXX job offering1


I am applying in Western Europe, in case it matters.

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    Honestly, I'd say the answer is just "No".
    – Fattie
    Feb 11, 2018 at 12:31
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    A good tip is just drastically shorten links in email. So: "I am applying for the engineering job at example.com/vacancy123123." Another tip is, the job will surely have a ID number. "I'm applying for the plastics engineering position (reference 2871hg3)."
    – Fattie
    Feb 11, 2018 at 12:32
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    If they posted it, including a link to it seems a bit redundant. Feb 11, 2018 at 12:52
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    As @Dukeling said, regardless of the general question you ask, what makes you think you need to include this information in the first place?
    – Lilienthal
    Feb 11, 2018 at 12:55
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    @Fattie there is no id, unfortunately, neither within the page nor in the url. It's just "Position X in our office in Y", both in the url and the page title.
    – Adama
    Feb 11, 2018 at 13:48

2 Answers 2



For one thing, you should generally avoid links in your cover letter. The correct way to refer to the position/advert is simply:

the position of Top Dog at Alpha Kennels.

No links are needed at all - they've advertised the position; you're sending it to the specific contact listed in the ad; they should now what you're referring to. If you really insist on referring to the specific ad, leave it as:

as advertised through Job Portal.

(or Newspaper, or whatever). No links.

Footnotes in general

Cover letters are not supposed to be academic essays - they need to encapsulate an introduction; your reasons for wanting the position; the reasons you believe you fit the position; and a reference to your included resume. In almost all circumstances, this can and should be done in no more than three paragraphs on a single page.

It is possible for someone reviewing applications to see hundreds of such cover letters for only one opening. At the very least, they will likely have to view dozens. They don't want to spend a lot of time reading your cover letter or following footnotes and references.


You can put footnotes in your cover letter and your resume, but I don't think you need it in this case.

Just tell them the name of the website. I found this job posted at "Acme Jobs" or whatever it's called. If you're not sure of the site name, "acmejobs.com" is fine. It doesn't need a footnote.

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