Variants of this question have been asked before, but I could not find an exact duplicate for this situation:
Some company offers jobs A and B. The jobs are very similar, and I wish to apply to both, but I cannot do it simultaneously, their processes force me to apply separately for each job.
Now, I have written a cover letter for job A. Which of the below approaches should I now take:
Rewrite the cover letter so that it mentions both jobs A and B and applies more generally to both jobs (this is doable since the jobs are similar). Then apply for jobs A and B separately but attach the same rewritten cover letter to both applications.
Keep the cover letter for A, and write a slightly different cover letter for job B, which focuses more specifically on the responsibilities required for job B. Then apply for both jobs separately, using their separate cover letters.
I am unsure what to do.
Normally, I guess you'd go with option 2 since it seems more genuine and shows a separate interest in either job, but I feel it has two drawbacks that option 1 does not have:
- Firstly, option 1 makes it clear that I am one single individual applying to both jobs. Option 2 does not indicate this at all. This might lead to some confusion if my two separate applications are read by 2 different managers, and they both offer me a job.
- Secondly, if I go with option 1, then the company only has to read my cover letter once. If I go with option 2, I'd be sending in two almost identical cover-letters, that differ only by a few sentences. So if, for example, the two applications are read by the same manager, that manager will be reading my cover letter twice, one of them only slightly different than the other. That doesn't seem very ... optimal, does it?