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There are two things that distinguish cover letters for senior positions: (i) you emphasize your spectacular research record (how it outsizes your colleagues' record, without saying that explicitly); (ii) you emphasize your proven administrative abilities. On the latter, some departments are looking for a chair through an external search (possibly because they cannot get along with each other). I moved on the basis of my research record - I was only going move if it was a move up to a more research oriented position. If you use your administartive abilities as your ticket out, you have to be prepared to do some administration.

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