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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 my experience, "pulling all nighters" isn't perceived as someone dedicated as one would hope. It's typically perceived as someone who has poor planning skills. I wouldn't mention all-nighters ...
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What are the pros and cons of mentioning that salary is not most important factor for me in my cover letter?

The best way to show that you aren't particularly interested in salary is... just don't mention it. What you're looking for is typically referred to as a positive work/life balance. That's the term ...
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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?

No, I wouldn't mention it, as it's nothing to be proud of. You may as well put a post-it on your back that reads, "Kick Me!", like kids on a playground. Given the wrong supervision, you're going to ...
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As a co-owner of a small business, how do I assure a hiring manager that I will actually be available?

You can't. You didn't quite phrase the manager's fear right: Now if I were a hiring manager, I would (perhaps) be impressed but also very worried: if this guy maintains such big and important ...
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What are the pros and cons of mentioning that salary is not most important factor for me in my cover letter?

the president said something like "the money is not most important thing, so we just pay just so the workers would not go to other companies" Did he really say this? I'd steer clear from that company....
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Disability and cover letter

I'm not sure I would. The resume is all about piquing interest in you and convincing them they have to meet you. It's sad to say, but honestly, a lot of companies would simply bypass your resume if ...
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Should I state that I do not do unpaid coding challenges in the cover letter?

Since you are looking for a senior developer, I feel qualified to try to help. I suggest not to write this in your cover letter. A cover letter is meant to tell the employer how your previous work ...
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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?

So what can I do with this info? Very little. I suppose it would be useful to tell at a glance how compatible your skills and experience are to a given position but that's something you could just as ...
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What are the pros and cons of mentioning that salary is not most important factor for me in my cover letter?

You still like having more money, right? What do you gain from putting that in a cover letter? Nothing. What do you lose? Whoever is hiring you is going to know they can offer you a lower salary ...
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When changing careers, should I address my lack of experience in the new field in my cover letter?

When changing careers, should I address my lack of experience in the new field in my cover letter? No. Your cover letter is a selling device. It should be enthusiastic and highlight your ability ...
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Why Resume and Cover letter are location specific?

Ignore these calls, this is just money-making scam. That said, there are cultural differences on how to present yourself in different Countries. It is a plus if you learn the style appropriate to ...
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Can emails count as being cover letters, or should a cover letter be a proper document?

I've received some emails with cover letter-like content, but no attached cover letter. When you ask for a "cover letter" then what you're asking for is an introduction for the candidate, which gives ...
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No cover letter upload available

I have found a few on-line application sites that only allow resume uploads. Should I add a cover letter as first page of my resume? No. If the website doesn't provide a way to upload cover ...
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Found my cover letter to a private company online

Its obvious that you don't want this letter to be up from your tone and comments. Before we go into legal hashmash (which is off topic here), lets explore some other options to get what you want (the ...
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Should I state that I do not do unpaid coding challenges in the cover letter?

I am conflicted as to whether I should state in my cover letter that I do not do unpaid coding challenges Don't be conflicted. This is easily solved. Do not put such a statement in a cover letter. ...
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Is it a good idea to write a "straight to the point" cover letter?

The cover letter is often misunderstood, but it's actually quite simple Your resume describes you and your experiences (same for all jobs) The job descriptions describes the job and the requirements ...
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Wanting to apply in Germany, how to write cover letter with B1 German?

personal opinion: write it yourself, and maybe have someone who speaks German look over it. I am German and work in Germany. When I read a letter from non German speakers, I just cared for motivation ...
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Should I mention in my cover letter that I could learn a language mentioned in the job ad from my significant other?

The job ad says that knowledge of a foreign language, Russian in this case, would be a plus. You don't know Russian and you didn't mention your girlfriend being a language teacher, so if a bilingual ...
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Should I mention Canadian PR status in my CV?

Yes, of course you should (when applying for jobs in Canada). This is a pertinent fact and increases your chances of being interviewed and offered the job. For instance, I mention that I am security ...
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Can I give feedback to a potential employer about their product?

The problem with pointing out issues with the product is that you don't know the history, you don't know what they've already tried, you don't know a lot about the company. You need to be very ...
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Should I send multiple cover letters when applying for different positions at a company?

Don't make it more difficult than it needs to be. Just reference both positions in the cover letter and highlight there why you think you would be qualified for each one in turn. I would definitely ...
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Should I mention my current, financially unstable employer in cover letter?

As a hiring manager, I wouldn't expect you to write about your employer's financial situation in your cover letter. I would save your explanation for when you are asked why you are pursuing other ...
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As a co-owner of a small business, how do I assure a hiring manager that I will actually be available?

This is a good example of the "exactly" argument. It can be found in any book on closing sales under "overcoming objections". You turn the objection into the reason why your ...
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Disability and cover letter

How would you describe this situation in the cover letter? I am going to attempt to answer this head on. Your question was how would you describe this on a cover letter, my answer is as delicately ...
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As a recruiter, what do you look for in a motivation or cover letter?

The role of the cover letter is often misunderstood but it is actually straight forward The job description is about the role (same for all candidates) Your resume is about you (same for all jobs you ...
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Is it OK to send a business letter in English/French-only to a foreign company?

Yes this is OK. If you don't speak a specific language, it makes no sense for you to send requests in that language. From the company's perspective, if they receive your request in their native ...
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Possible Missing Word in Cover Letter

No. It won't make any difference.
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Mention in the cover letter that I've done contractor work for the company

I signed an NDA at a client's request Now I want to apply for a job opening in the client's company. You signed an NDA for a client, now you want to know if you can tell that client you signed their ...
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Is it appropriate to thank a civil servant for their service in a cover letter?

Shorten it to: Thanks for your consideration. You are applying for the job as an individual, and not meeting them as a representative of the society. Your cover letter is not the right place to ...
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