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How to Email a Cover Letter

How to Send an Email Cover Letter and Resume

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Jonnie Miles

The most important part of sending an email cover letter is to follow the employer's instructions. If the job posting says to include your cover letter and resume as an attachment, attach Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files to your email message. Save the files with your name, so they don't get mixed up with other applicant's materials i.e. alisondoyleresume.doc, alisondoylecover.doc.

Formatting a Email Cover Letter

When the employers requests a cover letter and resume in the body of an email message, paste your cover letter and resume into your email message. Use a basic font and remove the formatting. Don't use HTML. You don't know what email client the employer is using, so, simple is best because the employer may not see a formatted message the same way you do.

Don't Forget the Details

Be sure to include a Subject Line in your email with the position for which you are applying and your name. For example: Alison Doyle, Social Media Manager Position.

Include a signature with all your contact information - name, address, phone, and email address, so it's easy for the hiring manager to get in touch with you.

Send the email message to yourself first to test that the formatting works. If everything looks good, resend to the employer.

Writing Email Cover Letters
When you're sending an email cover letter, it's important to follow the employer's instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume, and to make sure that your email cover letters are written as well as any other correspondence you send.

Sample Email Cover Letter With Attached Resume
Sample email cover letter to use when you are sending your resume as an attachment.

Sample Email Cover Letter With Resume Included
Sample email cover letter with resume included in the body of the email message.

Write a Custom Cover Letter
It can be time consuming to write a custom cover letter for each job you apply for, but it's important to take the time and effort to show the company why you are a good match - even when applying by email.

Cover Letter Tips
More Cover letter writing tips and suggestions for writing cover letters to send with your resume, including cover letter samples and examples.

Cover Letter Examples
When applying for a job a cover letter should be sent or posted with your resume. If you are not sure what to write, review these cover letter samples.

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