Abbreviation in cover letter

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Febrian asked on Apr 29, 2020

Hi All,

I have a question regarding writing cover letter. Can I abbreviate/shorten the name of the consulting firm? Like use BCG instead of Boston Consulting Group, or McKinsey instead of McKinsey & Company, or Bain instead of Bain & Company?

I would really appreciate your feedback. Thank you all in advance!

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Anonymous replied on Apr 29, 2020

Hi Febrian,

Yes, you can.

Best,
André

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Clara
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replied on Apr 29, 2020
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Hello!

Yes, you could totally use those.

Avoid tough contractions such as don´t vs. do not, etc.

However, the CL is not such a relevant document so don´t overkill yourself either with it.

Hope it helps.

Cheers,

Clara

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Francesco
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updated an answer on Apr 30, 2020
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Hi Febrian,

that’s totally fine in the text of the cover. If you use the standard structure with the address on top, I would keep the full name there.

Best,

Francesco

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Anonymous replied on Apr 29, 2020

Hi Febrian,

That's totally okay. The shorter consulting firm names are well understood. Don't worry about it.

Best,

Emily

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Febrian on Apr 29, 2020

Hi Emily, thank you for your answer!

Thomas
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It is okay for company names and as pointed out by others, the letter is generally not read. Additionally, people in the industry all know the abbreviations that you mentioned.

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Vlad
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replied on Apr 29, 2020
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Hi,

To be honest, no one really reads the cover letter. And even if they read - they'll not pay attention. So just concentrate your efforts on the valuable things

Best

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Febrian on Apr 29, 2020

Hi Vlad, thank you for your answer and input!

Antonello
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Hi Febrian, I would use the long name the first time mentioned in the letter and then the abbreviation

Best

ANtonello

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Luca
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Hello Febrian,

Sure, you can go for it. Just avoid excessive abbreviation like McK for McKinsey.

Best,
Luca

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