Common Cover Letter Questions

July 16, 2013

Career Advice

1. How do I address a cover letter?
Man people start with something like “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Sir/Madam” or the ever popular “To who it may concern.” While those greetings have been used before, they’re not personal. And they’re not relevant. Between LinkedIn and your own network, it’s likely that you can find out who’s possibly hiring for this position. At the very least, you should know the department. Don’t shy away from more creative greetings like “To the marketing team at Rayovac” if you’re applying for a marketing job at Spectrum Brands in our battery division. Show that you were so interested in the position, that you went out of your way to do some research.

2. If I’m sending an email, do I attach the cover letter with the resume? 
It’s your own personal choice here, but since there’s a chance that not all employers will open all attachments in an email, don’t risk it. Copy your cover letter in the body of the email. You spent all that time writing a catchy pitch that shows how amazing you are, right? So don’t bury it as an attachment. You could attach it in addition for a double-whammy.

3. Do I have to write a cover letter?
Absolutely yes. Again, you must show that you are so interested in this position that you went above and beyond. And don’t just reiterate your resume. Really study the job description and elaborate on relevant experiences that show off your awesome skills — kinda like as if you were already in an interview. Now’s your chance to shine. So shine on.

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About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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