Nov 09, 2018 - 04:11 PM
It is okay to include dates of availability in a cover letter if there are certain hours or days you cannot work, or if you’re not available until after a certain date. For example, if you’re a student and you have classes, then you can explain your schedule in the cover letter, and note when you will be available.
Most employers understand that job candidates have other demands in their lives, so always be honest if your schedule is not wide open. You don’t have to offer a lot of details (employers don’t want the nitty gritty of the daily drama in your life) so just answer honestly if you can’t work evenings because you don’t have child care, or if public transportation stops running near your home after a certain time. Since employers may be concerned that a limited availability may mean you won’t complete your work if hired, put those fears to rest in your cover letter. “I am highly organized and am adept at eliminating distractions so I can complete my work in the time allotted. My last supervisor said I was the most productive employee on the team.”
Most job ads don’t request applicants to note dates of availability in a cover letter. Don’t feel like you have to note dates of availability in a cover letter—this is a topic that can be discussed should you be contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager for a phone screen or interview.
Aug 18, 2018 - 07:13 PM
Prospective employers may compromise on certain aspects of the job, such as shift times or start dates, if they believe you are the best fit for the position. If you do decide to include your dates of availability in your cover letter, position this information in your closing paragraph. Make the introduction and body of your letter as compelling as possible. Identify key qualifications and valuable accomplishments to make a case for your candidacy.
Consider, however, whether it is more appropriate to exclude from your cover letter your dates of availability. If you save that discussion for an interview and use this source to learn how to answer questions concerning your availability, you gain more time to convince hiring managers they need you for the job. This can increase your chances of finding suitable compromises in start dates and scheduling.