You also may be dealing with a scam company. Your letter must include evidence. Hiring managers are not children that you need to entertain — they are serious professionals. In my past job, I sold electronics to customers and was considered highly successful.
There could be a number of reasons: Reading job applications is a chore. They send them out pathetically, humiliatingly ill-informed. All academics in the world, by virtue of being academics, require evidence to accept a proposition. They will not hunt for your main point, they will not squint, they will not strain their eyes, they will not pore over it.
It Is Too Long. Your dissertation is in the past. They can be made by anyone, and provide no means of proof. Why must it be these things?
Imagine sitting for a four course meal — if your appetizer is a rotten egg, how are you going to feel about the roast chicken?
Even if they are not the direct hiring manager, addressing the letter at them will show that you put in some effort. It is, in my opinion, a criminal degree of neglect. Because the faculty members on the committee reviewing your letters are tired, distracted, irritated, and rushed.
For bonus points, you could ask the HR who is responsible for hiring, and then address the correct person. I will tell you. This is the part the hiring manager cares about the most — he or she needs to see hard evidence that you can actually handle the work.
You Are Telling, Not Showing. Grabbing their attention will require sophistication — not clownish haw-haw jokes.About Karen Kelsky I am a former tenured professor at two institutions--University of Oregon and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
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