kalvano wrote:1) Cover letter / resume / transcript / writing (the app package) should be attached as a single PDF to an email. It's cleaner and it avoids any formatting errors.
2) Cover letters should be addressed to the hiring attorney, if specified on NALP. If not, then to the recruiting contact on NALP. If no NALP info, email the firm and ask who to send things to.
3) If your OCI is preselect, then don't email firms that dinged you unless something changed.
Your second point about addressing CL to the hiring attorney, but sending to the recruiting contact conflicts with almost all others asked on this and other threads (even though it makes sense to me). Don't take this the wrong way, but how sure are you about this? Source of confirmation? Thanks for clearing this up?
It really doesn't matter. You're not going to get dinged because of who it's addressed to unless they specify a particular person and you don't address it to that person. Then you might just get dinged for failure to follow instructions.
But if they specify a partner in charge of hiring, then that is typically the person who makes the ultimate decision or who casts a deciding vote. It just seems more formal or more appropriate to address that person rather than an HR person. It's mostly a personal preference, I guess, but it won't matter ultimately one way or another. I tend to write fairly formally, and that's just how I would do it: person in charge gets the salutation.
But it's the recruiting contact's job to receive the resumes and filter them out by whatever guidelines the firm has set, and then pass them on to the hiring partner. So send the resume to the recruiting contact and then hope it gets passed on to the partner.
But, ultimately, it really doesn't matter. Address it to whomever you prefer.