5 Tips and Samples for Sending Email Cover Letters

How to Send an Email Cover Letter and Resume

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An email cover letter is a document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your expertise. It is written to provide information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for and to explain the reasons for your interest in the company.

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.

You need to make sure that your email cover letters are written as well as any other correspondence you send.

Even though it's quick and easy to send an email, it doesn't mean that you should write anything less than a detailed cover letter focused on why you are a good match for the job you are applying for.

Options for Sending Email Cover Letters

1. Sending Email Cover Letters as Attachments

  • 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. Here's a step-by-step guide to sending your resume and cover letter as an attachment.
  • Save the files with your name, so they don't get mixed up with other applicant's materials i.e. alisondoyleresume.doc, alisondoylecover.doc.

2. Sending Email Cover Letters Without Attachments

  • Some employers do not accept attachments. In these cases, paste your resume into your email message.
  • Use a simple font and remove the fancy 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.

3. Don't Forget the Details for Your Email Cover Letter

  • How to Address an Email Cover LetterHere's how to address a cover letter sent in an email message including what to use when you have a contact person and how to address it if you don't.
  • The Subject Line of Your Message: Make sure you list the position you are applying for in the Subject Line of your email address, so the employer is clear as to what job you are applying for. For example:  Subject: Alison Doyle, Social Media Manager Position.
  • Include Your Signature: Include a signature with your contact information, including name, address, email address, and telephone number so it's easy for the hiring manager to get in touch with you.

4. Double Check Your Letter for Spelling and Grammar

Make sure you spell check and check your grammar and capitalization. They are just as important in an email cover letter as in paper cover letters.

5. Send a Test Message to Yourself

Send the message to yourself first to test that the formatting and attachments work. If everything looks good, resend to the employer.

Sample Email Cover Letters

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