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Questions from employer and Cover Letter.

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by kazan, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. kazan

    kazan Bit Poster

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    Hi,

    I'm just applying for a 1st Line Support Engineer and I'm just wondering.
    Is it usual that employers ask in adverts about:
    "Please include your reasons for leaving your current/last position and your current/last remuneration."?
    and they ask to include answer in the Cover Letter.

    Do you think I should give them straight answer or something like I'll discuss about it during the interview, if I'm going have a chance ;)
    If I'll write I'm looking for new challenge and more money :twisted: probably it'll be taken as a joke in the financial crisis time. :)

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  2. Sparky
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    Depends, why are you moving on?
     
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  3. kazan

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    Because I am looking for a company where I can take on new challenges and learn new things with a possible career path.

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  4. BosonMichael
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    If they're asking for it, they likely want that info. Should you give it to them? Well, if you don't give it, they might put your CV in the "Can't Follow Directions" stack. If you do give it, you're "revealing your hand" a little bit. That decision is entirely up to you.

    Personally, I'd have no problem doing it, and being totally truthful about it. It'll save both them and me a lot of time and effort if they can't afford me and I'm not willing to accept what they're offering.

    I wouldn't laugh about someone wanting new challenges and more money. It is absolutely natural for someone working their way up the IT career ladder to be worth more money over time. After all, a server admin is probably going to make more than a desktop support tech or a help desk tech, right?
     
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  5. BosonJosh

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    I've never had a company ask me to answer why I'm leaving my last job in a cover letter, but many companies will ask that in an interview. However, in your case, if you're interested in the job, I've give an answer in the cover letter since they've specifically asked for it. I wouldn't give an answer like "I'll discuss it in the interview"...if you don't want to answer it in the cover letter, then just don't address it at all rather than be coy about it. Regardless of whether you include your answer in the cover letter, you should be prepared to answer the question because it's obviously something they're using to help select applicants.
     
  6. Sparky
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    Sounds ok to me :thumbleft
     
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  7. kazan

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    Thanks.
    I was just wondering because I've founded some advices about Cover Letters saying to discuss this matter during the interview stage. But you are completely right about it.
    Thanks again.

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