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I am emailing a recruiter to ask if they can forward my profile and my resume to the hiring manager to see if that hiring manager is willing to move forward with my candidacy.

I wonder if it is correct to say:

can you forward my profile to the hiring manager to see if there is any interest in moving forward?

Or should it be "there is an interest"?

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    "Can" asks if the person is able to do the task. "Would you please," is a request to do so. As for "any" vs. "an", both are correct, but I'd avoid "any" lest it seem like one is unsure the CV would be of interest to anyone. Oct 25, 2022 at 20:35
  • @DrMoishePippik you mean in this case I should've used "would you please" instead of "can" right?
    – Joji
    Oct 25, 2022 at 20:43
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    In a formal letter, yes, or a similar phrase. Colloquially, "can" might be acceptable. Oct 25, 2022 at 20:47
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    "Can you..." is a totally standard way to make a request. It's not very formal though, so it would depend on the relationship you have with the recruiter
    – gotube
    Oct 25, 2022 at 21:49
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    I get what @DrMoishePippik is saying about "can", but in practice, in American English, people say "can" in this context all the time. In my experience, it's only very pedantic English teachers who object to it. Like when I was a little boy in school, teachers had a regular routine that if a child asked, "Can I go to the bathroom?" the teacher would answer, "I don't know. Can you? Or did you intend to ask, 'May I?'" Cute, but it got old real fast.
    – Jay
    Nov 26, 2022 at 18:13

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In context, "any interest" and "an interest" mean essentially the same thing. Few would notice any difference.

In the United States, we would not say "my profile". No one talks about a "profile" for a job application. We'd just say "my resume". If you really wanted to be complete you could say "my resume and cover letter", but it would really be unnecessary to specify that as it would normally be assumed. "Profile" makes it sound like you're on an on-line dating app, not applying for a job! All that said, I'm speaking about US usage. If you're in some other English-speaking country, usage might be different.

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  • I had assumed that was a LinkedIn profile when I saw it the first time. If not I agree that it is strange.
    – Casey
    Nov 27, 2022 at 6:36
  • @casey Fair enough. We do routinely talk about "profiles" on a web site, so if you were talking about Linkedin or some other job-hunting-related site, that would make sense.
    – Jay
    Nov 28, 2022 at 1:34
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It is correct. “Any” interest or “an” interest would both be fine and it doesn’t change the meaning at all in this instance. I do not agree with the comments you’ve received suggesting you replace “can” with “would you please,” because I think that is too formal for this context. However, I’m in the US and preferences might differ here on a regional basis.

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