Published: Sun 17 September 2017
Finding a job may be a time and energy-consuming task. Opus is a program written to help people to send their application more easily.
It can be used to generate personalized cover letter. I began to write it several years ago and I took the time to enhance it with the aim to help other people.
During this experience, I got better at python programming, I learned graphical interfaces with pyQt and how to make a windows self extracting executable.
Opus is basically a "mass mailing system" based on templates. The user adapts his cover letter with keywords that are substituted with data coming from an excel file.
Opus is still in an early stage. User is responsible of its use and of the messages that are sent. Install
Opus is a opensource software. There is a self extracting executable availaible for windows but it is possible to use it from the sources.
Opus is written in python. It needs the following dependencies:
Just clone the git repository after installing the dependencies in a python virtualenv.
git clone https://gitlab.com/jnanar/opus.git
pip install .
You can test it with its demo data and configure it later (see section
It is also possible to download the sources as a zip file on the
repository. Getting started
TLDR (windows): Download Opus for windows and launch it. See the generated files in directory
%temp%\opus\data\list.example.xlsx, generate the letters and see what happens.
Opus start pack which contains a sample configuration file and templates. Rename the configuration file to opus.ini and personalize it. (see section
Configuration). Edit or copy the repository (data/list.example.xlsx) with Libreoffice or Excel. (see
Repository edition) Personalize the cover letters. Two templates are available: spontaneous application and application for an offer. (see
Letters edition) Launch Opus. Two interfaces are available: CLI (in french) and a GUI. (see
Interfaces). I will assume that you use the graphical interface. You can configure Opus by editing the settings. The best idea is to select the configuration file of the Opus start pack and rename the templates. You can link your own templates in the 'file' section. Once you are ready, generate the letters.
The files are generated in the output directory (see
Once you have edited the letters and the mails (remove the bold texted that was substituted), you can convert it to PDF. If Libreoffice 5 is installed, Opus can convert all the document at once. if not, you can convert the .docx to PDF with Word. You may now send the mail. A copy is sent to your adress.
Once the mails are sent, you must edit the first column of the repository (xlsx file). Only empty first cells allows the generation of the letters.This prevent to sent multiple times the same application. I strongly advise to move the generated documents in another folder. It will help you to keep in mind what you have already sent.
I strongly suggest to sent the first letters to your email in order to see what the recruter will get.
Two interfaces are available: cli and gui. The launch
opus.py with option
--interface to select it. By default the graphical interface is chosen.
Command line interface (CLI)
This interace is usefull but it is only avaible in french for now.
ini file has 3 sections.
Your full name
The subject of mails for spontaneous applications
the subject of mails when responding to offers
Your lang (EN).
Templates of letters
Your CV (PDF file)
The repository (data/list.example.xlsx by default),
output directory (/data/sent/ by default)
You need to configure the smtp options in order to be able to send emails. These parameters depends on your email provider (eg gmail, hotmail, etc)
The parameters are:
smtp server address
password (clear text in the
If one of those parameters do not need to be set, just indicate
None. The following example show a server that does not need authentication:
server = example.com
user = None
password = None
port = 25
Each line of the
xlsx file corresponds to an application. The information of each column are processed and used in the cover letter and the email. The editable fields are:
sent indicate something if the application must not be sent. For example if you already sent the email to this company.
company: company name
nom: if you sent the application to a person whose name is known.
gender: the gender of the recipient (Sir, madam, Sir or madam)
interest: your interest for the company
offer: the offer reference
subject: the reference of the offer to put in the subject mail.
email: the email recipient
language: lang: EN or FR
web, telephone, number, information: complementary useful information. These data are not used yet. Edition of the cover letters
Several fields are available
TIME: the date of the day
GENDER: the gender of the recipient (Sir, madam, Sir or madam)
INTEREST: your interest for the company
COMPANY: company name
SECTOR: the sector of the company
OFFER: the reference of the offer.
The same fields are usable in the emails.
The log is located in
%temp%\opus\opus.log on windows (exe file) and in the main directory otherwise.
You can contact me, I will try my best to help users.
About the Windows program
The following configuration file was used:
;Config file generated by 7z SFX Builder v2.1.)
Good luck !