/ Asked by Kate
When I'm applying to several jobs at the same company, I know that I should submit tailor my resume to the particular job. However, in the cover letter, is it okay to submit a similar but not identical letter to all positions I apply to? My reasons for wanting to work for the company would be the same, but some of the skills and experiences included in the cover letters would be different.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Great question! Similar to your resume, it's smart to tailor your cover letter to the specific job you are applying to. Since the skills and experience necessary for a particular position could vary slightly, it would be important to alter that portion of your cover letter. However, as you stated, since your reason for wanting to work for the company would remain the same, I don't think it's necessary to adjust any other portion of your cover letter.

With that being said, if you are applying to several positions at the same company, I would be mindful that you are truly qualified for all of them. To some recruiters, it may look bad if you are applying to several jobs that don't fit your skill set and it could look as if you're unsure of your interests or career path.

Good luck!
Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, May 24, 2019

Thanks for your question.  I really don't see any issues with submitting a slightly modified cover letter for each role.  To be honest, the hiring team (aside from the recruiter) likely only has visibility to the documents you submitted for their particular position, so it shouldn't be an issue.  But, if you are going to use the same template, please make sure the cover letter is adjusted for each job in that which you apply.  

I would, though, offer caution as to not apply to too many jobs at the same company, and only those that you are 1.) truly interested in and 2.) qualified for.  I've seen it happen often where we look at a candidate's profile and see dozens of applications in a very short time period for different roles in different functions.  This tends to make people believe that the individual 1.) doesn't have a specific career path, 2.) isn't reading the job descriptions carefully, and 3.) is not as interested in the role, just trying to get into the company.  But, if you feel that you are qualified and interested in multiple roles - apply away!

Thanks and good luck in your search!

Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, on Friday, May 31, 2019
Absolutely! I would modify it to address the needs of the position and how you will complement the team. Having the same intro/story as to why you want to work for the company is acceptable. Maybe tailor the top 3-5 roles you really want a bit more to emphasize your abilities. Best of luck! 
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