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Old 04-28-2012, 09:21 AM
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So I'm trying to get a summer job with a vet clinic and need to get my resume and cover letter out now before I'm done with school so I can maybe have some interveiws lined up for when I get out in two weeks. Resume is done (just going to have some people read it for typos), so now I'm doing a cover letter. I've done one before, to get my work study job, but with the vet it's different for a couple of reasons. For one thing, I'm not actually responding to a job listing, I'm just asking if they have anything for me. The second thing is that I don't know who to address everything to. Normally in the cover letter you need to write it to someone and I don't know who to put in my "Dear whoever" line or in the header. Do I just put the name of the clinic?

I'm also going to be e-mailing out these reumes and cover letters and like I said, thses are not in response to a listing, I am simply inquiring about whether or not they have anything available for me. Would you put the cover letter as the actual e-mail, or just write a breif e-mail telling them why you are e-mailing them in the first place and then attach both the resume and cover letter?

I know doing it this way (e-mail) might not be the best, but I can't do it in person because I'm in Maine and really, really, really have trouble with phone calls of this nature (where I feel I'm being evaluated). Like I don't think I'd actually do it if I had to call the 13 places I'm looking at. I've already stalled long enough. I remeber calling one place last year and felt like vomiting the whole time, I was sweating, shaking, and as a result I probably don't sound too great.

Can anyone help? Any extra tips are much appreciated.

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Old 04-28-2012, 10:27 AM
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I think sending it by snail mail would be better than sending it by email. Make sure your cover letter's the first thing they see when they open the envelope, and put in the first line of the cover letter that your objective is to get a summer internship or whatever.

Don't expect them to call you, though. Most likely the person opening the envelope will be the receptionist, who's super busy and makes decisions about whether or not to show the letter to the doctor. If she gives it to him and he considers it a waste of time, then SHE gets in trouble, so she might err on the side of caution and not give it to him at all.

So I'd suggest calling, or visiting in person when you're back in town, with a second copy of your resume and cover letter in hand, to ask if they got your first resume and if they'll consider you.

Who to address it to? Probably the name of the clinic. If the doctor is also the owner and it's a small clinic, you could address it to him instead.
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