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

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Putting projects from books on resume

I've been reading a book called "Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide". In this book, you create projects under the guidance of the author such as: GeoQuiz: In your first app, you will ...
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Do cover letters add any benefit when applying to engineering positions that do not ask for one? [duplicate]

I am applying to research and design engineering positions in the medical device industry and have noticed that all applications have an option to upload a cover letter but they are never required. I ...
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Submitting an open application for the junior version of a role advertised as Senior

I am currently trying to apply for a company I really want to work for. It's a mechanical engineering role (I am currently working as a mechanical engineer) but in a new industry for me. The website ...
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Should I include a statement on cover letter about people in my life with experience in the field?

I am applying to a data science position with a company in the education sphere. The position is technical only and I meet the basic requirements and most of the preferred requirements. It does not ...
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Should I mention Canadian PR status in my CV?

I hold a Canadian PR (permanent resident) but I'm currently working outside of Canada. Do I need to mention my PR status in the CV, as I'm not sure recruiters read cover letters. I've applied for a ...
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Answer for an application for an unadvertised job [closed]

I applied via a form to a company for an unadvertised job. In this form, you have to write a cover letter about what can you bring in the company what is your idea. So I applied and I wrote a cover ...
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How To Sign a Cover Letter Accounting for Applicant Tracking Systems

Considering that these days many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems which scan uploaded documents, strip formatting, look for keywords, etc, I'm wondering what recommended ways exist to upload a ...
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How should one present a challenging life/career period in their job application materials?

The last few years of my life have been challenging. I've had a parent with substance abuse issues, and my attempt at a game designer career didn't pan out as I hoped. I've since pivoted to focus on ...
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Is information about caring for my family TMI in a website bio?

The bio on my website currently has the sentence I currently stay home to provide and coordinate care for my son, an awesome and spirited 10yo, as well as keep busy with personal and community ...
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Using LinkedIn to find Information [duplicate]

I'm currently job searching and writing cover letters, the job postings don't contain any information about who I'm supposed to address in my cover letter. I went to Linkedin, looked through the ...
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Using language contained in the job posting and company website

I'm currently applying for jobs, and a lot times I come across a general interest post (where you're allowed to send your resume and documents, and they'll contact you when a position is available) or ...
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Mistake in Cover Letter [duplicate]

Before asking my question I searched this site and came across these two (1,2) pages that are similar to my problem, but also slightly different. It's not the misspelling of a word or stating the ...
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How to have hiring manager still interested in candidate with impressive cover letter but weaker resume?

I'm finishing up my freshman year in college, and have begun applying to various internship opportunities for the summer. Despite attending a very rigorous degree program, I still have less technical ...
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Is it appropriate to use footnotes in cover letters?

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 ...
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Mentioning the gap period in my latest resume

I have taken a break from my software development career four years ago. I plan to return to the industry and I am updating my resume and the cover letter accordingly. I am planning to mention in my ...
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What to write in cover letter when address is unknown?

I want to apply for a job in a start-up that is not founded yet. I know the founders and they asked me for a formal application. How should I fill in the address field in the cover letter? As there is ...
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Writing cover letter for company [closed]

I'm currently studying IT, it's my second year. I'd like to apply for a job related to business administration in a technology industry I'm greatly interested at. I've never had worked in this ...
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Can emails count as being cover letters, or should a cover letter be a proper document?

I posted a job description which asks for a cover letter and a resume. I've received some emails with cover letter-like content, but no attached cover letter. I'm torn between accepting the email ...
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Addressing a non-specific cover letter

Every time I write a cover letter, I come up against the same problem, and I've never really figured out the right answer. So I figured I'd ask here. Background: I'm writing a cover letter to send to ...
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Job application form asks questions that are already answered in my cover letter

In a graduate role application form, it asks you to type or upload a cover letter in one section, then in a later section there is a shorter textbox (1/4 the character limit) for answering a "why are ...
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Should a cover letter look like an actual paper letter if it is only used online?

Cover letters used to be printed and put into an envelope with a CV and other documents. Therefore, at least in Germany, they contained the senders name, postal address, the current date, subject, the ...
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Addressing email while sending resume [duplicate]

There's a job posting which specifically mentions that resumes should be sent to talent specialist and a generic email is given like recruitment@xyz.com. I am confused with whom should I address the ...
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“You're in the top 10% of applicants based on your LinkedIn profile!” - So what can I do with this info?

With LinkedIn Premium, when you go to a job posting it gives you some analytical details based on your profile that tells you how "qualified" you may be for a given position. This is based on your ...
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How address a cover letter to an unknown party [duplicate]

I am about to be applying for a position requiring a cover letter. I did write one for a portfolio when I was in school (high school course with college credits), so I feel fairly comfortable as far ...
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Apply in English or in German? [duplicate]

I want to look for job in Germany but I have more than a B1 German level, so I can maintain conversations and write but not perfect. To apply I should do a CV and a motivation letter but I don't know ...
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How to list related experience on my resume?

I'm currently looking for a new job, and found one listing on Craigslist that I feel would be a perfect fit. However, some of the related domain knowledge (for software development) is out of scope on ...
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How to explain jobs unrelated to profession?

I am a healthcare professional. I took time off to care for both my parents with terminal illness at different times, but within a 5 year period. I was burnt out on nursing and just wanted a routine ...
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Should I state that I do not do unpaid coding challenges in the cover letter?

I used to firmly believe in coding challenges because I thought, if I demonstrate to them that I know how to do it, that speaks for itself that I am the correct candidate. Unfortunately, I have begun ...
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Should I write a referral cover letter?

I recently applied for a job at a public organization(which functions like a government) externally, and today one of my references who is internal to the organization highly recommended me to the ...
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Why Resume and Cover letter are location specific?

I have been getting lot of calls from Job Websites. They are claiming that my Resume/Cover letter is not as per Canadian, US, Singapore format. They are charging lot of money to change it into country ...
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Should I mention my current, financially unstable employer in cover letter?

My current employer, a software development company, unfortunately took a significant financial loss when the main client started having funding issues. This has left my employer in a position where ...
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How do I make a C# heavy resume / cv look attractive to a Java recruiter? [closed]

I have a strong C#, Microsoft stack background but, for whatever reason, in my area there are significantly more Java jobs going and I am quite interested in switching technology and applying for ...
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Is it appropriate to thank a civil servant for their service in a cover letter?

I am applying to a job as an analyst working with the fire department to help allocate resources more effectively. The job reports to the fire captain and at the end of my cover letter I was going to ...
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Is it acceptable in a cover-letter (paid position) to express an interest in voluntary work?

I'm an undergraduate student currently studying Computer Science, and my University has a paid job opportunity for undergrads to tutor a couple of hours every week in a class they've excelled at. My ...
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Is it a bad idea to mention in my resume/cover letter that I occasionally pulled all-nighters in order to meet project deadlines?

In the "Work for us" section of the website of the company I'm applying to, there is a mention about "Demonstrating willingness to meet challenging deadlines". This made me think that I should show ...
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Should I include personal challenges in a cover letter?

Without representing the bulk of the content, I was hesitating about including or not a brief reference to my personal trajectory before wrapping up the letter. I overcame a serious illness just ...
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Using Same Cover Letter for Same Company

About a year ago, I applied to a company where I passed the initial screening for which I submitted my resume, cover letter and portfolio. I politely let them know I was going for another opportunity, ...
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Applying for higher position, although I never did the work before

I want to apply for fiber optic planner position, although ever just being a technician. I believe I would be able to do the work. I have no formal education to confirm this. I would I communicate ...
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Should you address a specific person in your cover letter?

If I do know the name of the person in HR that handles the cover letters, should I address that name? Related to: Should you address a specific person in your cover letter at all cost? If I know that ...
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A presentation letter and references are frowned upon

I just ran into a job posting that ends with sentence "A presentation letter and references are frowned upon". That seemed rather unusual to me, since what I usually found is that presentation letter ...
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Transferable Skills From Software Developer to Admin Positions

I've been a software developer for more than a year now but realized it isn't going to be what I want to do for the rest of my life. Hence, a career change is in the making. I am looking at some post-...
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Should I mention funding relocation in a cover letter?

I want to move to a new area for non-work reasons and am looking at jobs there. I have enough saved up that I could afford to pay my own moving expenses, but of course it would be better to get some ...
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Mention in the cover letter that I've done contractor work for the company

In my last job (no longer working there) I signed an NDA at a client's request. Can't talk about anything related, can't even mention the client's name[1]. Now I want to apply for a job opening in ...
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When changing careers, should I address my lack of experience in the new field in my cover letter?

I've worked almost exclusively in academic research for the past few years. I'm now seeking a new job, and am considering working in an applied non-academic setting. This means I'm applying for a ...
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Applying for jobs in quieter part of city - how to bring this up as reason for wanting a new job

I'm currently looking for a new job. Basically the only thing I am unhappy about at my current job is the location. It's in the busiest part of the city that I live in (and I live in a famously busy ...
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Including current job if completely unrelated to position applying for

I graduated from University in September. I've been working a retail job since October. This is just to have a source of income. I'm actively looking for a full time position related to my degree (...
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How strong is skill learnt in one month? [closed]

I have literally spent one month to learn about project/task/time management by read every Wikipedia and Stack Exchange page that sounds relevant. Because I have a chance to use those skills in a ...
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Online application - pasting cover letter into text field

While looking at online applications for job listings, there are a few that - in lieu of a upload form for the cover letter - simply have a text area in which to paste the letter. As most cover letter ...
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Should referrers be included on cover letters?

I have been referred to a job by several former associates at a company I applying for. Their online application has a spot for a referrer, but I wonder if including their names on the cover letter ...
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Is it unprofessional to include previous client accounts in a cover letter?

I have a background in IT sales and consulting. I have a number of recognizable companies that I have worked with internationally for which I did not sign an NDA personally nor have knowledge of an ...