Include School Situation in Cover Letter?



Ok dear internet, I have a sitch and I need some advice.  Stat.

A couple of things just happened in rapid succession that have me excited, nervous, unsure, hopeful, overthinking and in need of help.

1.  A dear friend just notified me of a Sr. Payroll Clerk position that will be made public tomorrow.  I am not yet privy to all the details, but I’m going to assume that it’s a great job and they are looking for someone exactly like me.  Not arrogance…positive thinking.

2.  I read a RT from @RobinSchooling, originally from @MarinaLRN that included this link.

My question now is this:  Do I include my school schedule limitations in my cover letter for this job?  It’s in an industry where people are in the building pretty much 24/7 so I could include that I would work extra early or extra late on other days to make up for it.  I can absolutely still put in 40+ hours if necessary.

Assuming I get an interview (again, just thinking positively), I don’t want anyone to feel like they were duped when I tell them later.  But at the same time, I don’t want this tiny complication to eliminate me from all consideration when I absolutely know that a) it’s temporary and b) I can very effectively and efficiently do this job in spite of this.

What should I do?  Please comment your words of wisdom!  Thank  you!



7 thoughts on “Include School Situation in Cover Letter?

  1. HR Gal Friday Post author

    A friend just posted this for me on Facebook:

    Kristy: I would go for it. Include something like, “I am currently enrolled part-time at LSU, and will be finishing my degree ___. I am adept at balancing schoolwork and my career blah blah.”

    I think my old cover letter referenced that in some way- something about how I was able to apply the info I was learning in school to my job. I’ll see if I can dig up the actual wording.

    This is where I was leaning in my thinking also. I can absolutely spin the whole “me being in school is better for you thing” without it even being spin. The more time I have to do something, the less I get done. Case in point: I’ve been unemployed for 6 weeks now. I haven’t exercised once and my apartment is filthy. (I have started this website and done a lot of reading and job applications, but you know what I mean.) When I am truly busy though, I am so efficient and productive that it’s like I’m a different person.

  2. Terri Kaye

    You definately need to include this. HR professional opinions will differ, of course, and you know i’m more of a direct approach kinda gal in all situations, but bottom line—excluding pertinent info could end up wasting your time and theirs. Some positions are just simply NOT flexible for whatever reason and there is no need to get involved there if that’s the case. (FYI-Damn you for not letting me know this sooner….I just promoted someone as my HR assistant)!

    1. HR Gal Friday Post author

      I told you I was looking months ago! Plus, you should think of me daily anyway as you light candles to the shrine you no doubt have of me somewhere! If the new person doesn’t work out, or if any part-time or flexible officey stuff comes up there…yell please!!! PS – Miss you! The Xmas card was beautiful!

  3. HR Gal Friday Post author

    Consensus here and on FB seems to be that I should include it. I will draft a cover letter after class tomorrow and post here for editing suggestions. Thanks gang!

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