Job Application Guide (Index)
Job Applications Via Email
When you are using email to apply for jobs, it's important that all your communications are as professional as they would be if you were mailing a paper resume and cover letter. Here's advice on how to submit job applications via email.
Email Job Applications
Here is what you need to know about applying for a job via email, including what to include in your job search emails, how to format your email, how to write your cover letter in the body of an email message, and how to make sure your email message is opened and read.
Tips for Email Job Applications
Proofread your email for grammar and spelling (do not trust spell check software). Remember, this is your chance to make a critical first impression; even an emailed note needs to be professional and error-free.
Be brief and to the point. Your cover letter should not be any longer than two or three short paragraphs.
Make sure you include a signature with your full name, email address and phone number.
Include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your message.
Be sure that your email address has a professional tone.
If the job posting asks you to send an attachment, send your resume as an MSWord or PDF document. Many employers do not accept attachments. In these cases, paste your resume into your email message. Use a simple font and remove the fancy formatting. Send the message to yourself first to test that the formatting works. If everything looks good, resend to the employer.
Sample Job Application Email Messages
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.
Email Inquiry Letter
Email cover letter sample inquiring about possible job openings.
Job Application Resources