We discussed the importance of creating an email cover letter in our previous post, Five Steps to a Standout Resume Email, and thought would be helpful to our job-seeking readers to provide some examples to use as a starting point for your next email cover letter.
The examples below come from real-life job seeker emails, although we’ve altered the details and contact information. Whether you prefer a “salesy” approach or you’re more of a “direct and to the point” kind of person, choose the template that suits your style. Just be sure to include these key elements in your email cover letter.
- Mention the title of the position you’re applying for in the subject line and body of your email.
- Explain where you found the job posting or how you heard about the position.
- Conclude with a subtle call to action to remind the hiring manager of the action you’d like them to take, such as, “I look forward to hearing from you.”
- List your full name and contact information in your email signature block (not just on your resume attachment).
- If applicable, quickly explain any questions that your resume may raise. For example, if you’re from out of town but planning to move close to the job location, or you’ve been at your current position for only a short time.
Email Cover Letter Examples for Legal Professionals
Example #1: If you prefer to keep it brief.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am interested in the Litigation Associate position advertised on LinkedIn. I have attached my resume and cover letter for your review.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
Example #2: If you’re relocating to the city where the job opportunity is located.
Dear Hiring Manager,
I’m writing to express my interest in the Litigation Secretary position listed on Monster.com. My resume is attached for your review and consideration.
I am a fast learner, very dependable, organized, and computer savvy. I have extensive experience assisting firm attorneys and multiple paralegals, as well as supervising and managing an office. While I currently reside in Los Angeles, I will be moving to San Francisco at the end of the month.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you to learn more about your firm, its plans and goals, and how I might contribute to its continued success. I can be your ideal candidate if given this opportunity. Thank you.
Example #3: If a colleague referred you.
I was referred to you by a mutual acquaintance, John Smith, who said you have an opening for a litigation secretary. I have many years of experience as a litigation secretary, most of them working with managing partners. I am a professional looking for a career, not just a job. I am organized, reliable and self-motivated. I like being part of a team, but can also work independently.
Included with this e-mail is a copy of my resume for your review and consideration. Once you have had an opportunity to review my resume, please contact me if you have any questions or to arrange an interview. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
Thank you for your time,
Example # 4: If you’ve been at your current position for less than one year.
Please allow this introduction. My name is Jane Smith, and I have 12 years of legal secretarial experience working with managing partners of small, mid- and large-sized law firms. My current typing speed is 105 wpm from written form and 120 wpm from live dictation with the utmost accuracy. I am interested in the Litigation Secretary position advertised on your firm’s website.
I am currently working for a small civil litigation firm. However, after only 11 months in this position, the financial stability of the firm has significantly changed. Therefore I am seeking long-term tenure with a stable civil litigation firm.
Attached please find my resume and list of references. If you are interested in the professional skills and positive attributes I can contribute to your firm, please contact me at [phone number] at your convenience to schedule an interview.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Example #5: If you want to be dazzle the hiring manager with your qualifications.
Dear Recruiting Administrator:
Do you need a hardworking, creative and conscientious paralegal to meet your firm’s needs? If so, I can help you. The following is a summary of my qualifications:
- More than ten years of progressively responsible legal experience;
- Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Business Administration;
- Exceptional verbal, written and analytical skills;
- Advanced computer skills;
- Outgoing personality and “can-do” attitude.
I would like to meet with you to discuss how I might assist your firm in fulfilling its present needs. My resume is enclosed for your review. If you need someone who is highly motivated, eager to learn, and willing to work hard to succeed, please contact me at [phone] or via e-mail: [email].
Thank you for your time and consideration,
These examples are meant to be a starting point only – add your own voice, style and experience to make your own standout (or at least solid) email cover letter.
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September 18, 2013
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We all want our resumes and cover letters to leave a positive impression. As a result, most resume-writers spend a great deal of time focused on their skills, experience, and other critical details that showcase their qualifications. The goal, after all, is to present yourself as the best candidate for the job. Unfortunately, far too many job-seekers fail to address the minor details. For example, how do you note that you’ve included an attached resume to your application?
Whether you’re submitting a written job application, applying online, or using email, an attached resume is usually something employers expect to see. However, you should still include a brief sentence that lets the hiring manager know that it’s been sent. It’s considered both polite and proper.
It’s also one of those seemingly minor details that can help you to appear professional. Here are some examples of the worst ways to announce an attached resume, as well as some of the best options.
Please Find Attached My Resume – The Worst Option
Sadly, there are a whole host of bad ways to say, “Attached Resume” in a cover letter or email. Some are just grammatically incorrect, while others are antiquated holdovers from a bygone era. The following examples should be avoided at all costs:
Please find attached my resume
While many job-seekers still rely on this old grammatical construction, it sounds foreign to modern ears.
Please find attached: my resume
This alternate construction tries to get around the formality of the first choice by adding a colon to the mix. Unfortunately, that change in punctuation does not really make it sound any less stilted.
Please find, attached, my resume
This option is grammatically correct, but the added commas make the sentence even worse. It lacks the clarity that a more direct statement of fact could provide.
Please find attached resume
Some resume writers even go so far as to remove the possessive from the sentence. As you can see, it’s not an improvement.
There are probably hundreds of other examples of poor sentence construction, but you get the idea. Many job-seekers are so attached to the words “please find attached” that they never bother to consider how it sounds. Our best advice: forget about using those words in that order. There are better ways to express that idea.
Attached Resume: The Best Options
The fact is that there are many ways to mention that you’ve sent your resume along with a job application or cover letter. The key is to avoid archaic grammar and odd punctuation. You should also consider the direct approach. After all, you’re not writing a poem or the Great American Novel. Since the idea is to convey your qualifications in a direct manner, you should strive for maximum clarity. The following examples can help you accomplish that goal:
- I have attached my resume for your consideration
- My resume is attached for your consideration
- I have included my resume for your review
- My resume has been included for your review
That’s just a small sampling, of course. There are any number of alternatives that you could use to deliver that same message. The point is to avoid stilted, archaic sentence constructions that appear old-fashioned. Simplify your communication strategy, to ensure that your sentences are as clear and concise as possible. That can help you to avoid appearing outdated or unprofessional.
(You can also check out our post here on emailing a resume).
On the surface, concerns about how to mention your attached resume might seem minor. However, it’s small details such as this that often leave a lasting impression on potential employers. By taking the time to focus on these types of details, you can set yourself apart from the crowd. And that can help you to increase your chances of landing that dream job!