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Old 02-27-2019, 09:30 AM
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yeah an entire page+ of single spaced text sounds miserable

I think it would do a lot better as bullet points under positions more than anything
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by 90hatch94dsm View Post
yeah an entire page+ of single spaced text sounds miserable

I think it would do a lot better as bullet points under positions more than anything
So like a resume?
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:32 AM
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:33 AM
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I'm not really a fan of the cover page in general anyways, but we're pretty old fashioned over here
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:42 AM
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Can't wait until they google your name and see all of your internet history. Good luck with that cover letter.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by 90hatch94dsm View Post
yeah an entire page+ of single spaced text sounds miserable

I think it would do a lot better as bullet points under positions more than anything
Bullet points comprise the resume

But yes, it was such a miserable and ******* useless letter I got the job. Next time I won't do that.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:51 AM
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I think something like an origami cover swan would be more effective in grasping the attention of the interviewer
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:52 AM
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Can't wait until they google your name and see all of your internet history. Good luck with that cover letter.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:53 AM
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Can't wait until they google your name and see all of your internet history. Good luck with that cover letter.

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Old 02-27-2019, 09:57 AM
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Bullet points comprise the resume

But yes, it was such a miserable and ******* useless letter I got the job. Next time I won't do that.
I think its just different theories

cover page should be a personal statement to give them an idea of who you are, and I don't see the need to do that in 1.5 pages

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Old 02-27-2019, 10:50 AM
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If you think the HR person has some sort of intimate connection with the cause and will be vetting over a small number of candidates I could see where a long cover letter could possibly work but in almost all other cases I would call it a no-go.

I've seen people with some of the most incredible work histories imaginable fit it all into a single page resume.
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Old 02-27-2019, 10:56 AM
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If you couldn't tell by now, it is completely subjective to the hiring manager, HR has nothing to do with reading for cover letter they couldn't care less. You're not going through a recruiter so thinking that they're going to see it then toss it because it's too long is ridiculous. Imagine yourself sifting through the candidates. If it were me, I would read what they had to say regardless of length. If it were a page of interesting facts and characteristics about their background I would read it. If it was a page of I want this and this and I love your company I would be quicker to dismiss it.

Fact of the matter is, of the cover letters I went through today the higher tiered positions had either 3/4 to a page, no bullet points what so ever and their hand signature at the end.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:08 AM
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For a cover letter, just get a super nice, blank piece of paper and put on lipstick and kiss it. Below simply write

I can has job pls?

Can't go wrong.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:14 AM
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It's all about the content of the letter. For better or worse, I make a point to read every word of every cover letter, resume, etc that comes across my desk. If there is ANY "fluff" whatsoever, it sets the candidate with me on the wrong foot, big time. That being said, I don't care how long it is, if it's 3 pages of relevant, compelling information, I'll read and consider it. Anyone in a hiring position who subscribes to the "right in the garbage" philosophy, who won't read more than 3/4 of a page, regardless of the content, shouldn't be hiring people, as I guarantee there's tremendous human capital slipping through the cracks.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:32 AM
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Best of luck, Ross.

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Old 02-27-2019, 11:34 AM
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:10 PM
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I don't use cover letters and I was contacted by all but one of my job prospects last time I was looking for work. I ended up going with Sears because they offered me the lead cashier position at their busiest store in Montana.
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by 93Accord117 View Post
For a cover letter, just get a super nice, blank piece of paper and put on lipstick and kiss it. Below simply write

I can has job pls?

Can't go wrong.
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:24 PM
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I agree with itrSteez.

I think a cover letter should be about half a page. Your actual resume should have more detail and highlight your strong points/accomplishments/certifications.

I can tell you that anything over half a page, I'm not really going to be reading carefully.
I also agree with 40 to 60% of a page.
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:26 PM
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For a cover letter, just get a super nice, blank piece of paper and put on lipstick and kiss it. Below simply write

I can has job pls?

Can't go wrong.

I agree with this. Whats the worst that can happen?
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Old 02-27-2019, 01:36 PM
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I donít need read the cover letter if itís more than a few sentences. Also donít read resumes that are long or cluttered. If Iím at all interested in the person I google them.
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Old 02-27-2019, 02:26 PM
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I'm writing a thoughtful, unconventional cover letter for a great job opportunity.

Try as I might, I can't make it fit on one MS Word page.

Those of you in recruiting/hiring positions (outside of IT/engineering), do you lose interest in a letter longer than 1 electronic page? No matter how well-written? (this is for a writing/editing job)
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Old 02-27-2019, 05:31 PM
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Never used a cover letter. Maybe I should
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:04 PM
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It’s really a crapshoot. I’ve read all of the “rules” you’re supposed to follow on resumes and cover letters and when I ask people about theirs in the positions I’ve wanted you get answers that are all over the place especially when applying online.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by 90hatch94dsm View Post
I'm not really a fan of the cover page in general anyways, but we're pretty old fashioned over here
lemme grab my typewriter and carbon paper GRANDPA
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