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Old 16.05.2012, 18:21
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Cover letter: English or German

I am looking to apply (again) to a smallish company (several hundred employees) - this time for a position that is an even closer fit to my background than the first position I applied for a couple of months ago...

My question is, should I write my cover letter in English or German? I am quite good at German, but not perfect. My letter, however, is pretty much perfect (grammatically speaking, that is!) as my husband is German and helps me with the letter. In the job description it just sayssa a requirement:

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Gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse (mündlich und schriftlich)
I was thinking maybe it would stand out more or grab HRs attention more if I sent the letter in English? (first time around I submitted a German letter, and I think it goes to the same HR person). Or, will it just end up that much faster in the virtual recycling bin?

The position is at a high-tech company that produces hardware (so not IT)

Just wondering what your opinions are? Thanks!
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Old 16.05.2012, 18:33
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Re: Cover letter: English or German

I would do your cv in German, and the cover letter in English-

It kinda shows them that you "chose" to do the cover letter in English, and shows that you can get by in both languages.
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Re: Cover letter: English or German

Always write the cover letter in the same language as the job ad. This is a way to show respect and capacity to adapt.
The CV however can be, if addressed to big international companies, in English.
Finger crossed :-)
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Re: Cover letter: English or German

With French, because I speak it well, I usually send a French cover letter (to prove I can write a letter in French) and an English CV.

Because my German is so weak, I have neither a cv nor a cover letter in German because I feel it shows a level of language I do not have.
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Re: Cover letter: English or German

It depends on the Company and the job involved.
I think you need to answer that.
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Re: Cover letter: English or German

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It depends on the Company and the job involved.
I think you need to answer that.
In the end I wrote the letter in English and buffed up my cv to contain more info and did that in German. I just felt that the letter in German was more my husband's words rather than mine...and this way I feel like I actually did more for the application. On the recruiting website for this company where you do all the application stuff online you can choose what language you want for communication (German or English) and I did choose German as I can talk...I just don't like writing!

Fingers crossed. Last time I applied to this company I heard after 2 weeks so hopefully in the next 10 days or so I will know something...
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