Aug 13, 2018 - 07:54 AM
Email cover letters differ somewhat from traditional cover letters in that they're much shorter. Even with an enticing subject line, a long email cover letter is likely to lose the reader's attention. Keep it to between two and three paragraphs, no more than four, and no more than 150 words. At most it should not exceed one screen in length. This sample email cover letter provides an example of what a good email cover letter looks like to use as a guide.
Always review the company guidelines for submitting email cover letters and complete a thorough grammar and spellcheck of your letter. Before you send your letter, test your message by sending it to another of your email accounts, or a friend' to make sure the formatting holds up. Live Career offers some great tips to help you write a good email cover letter.
Nov 09, 2018 - 04:08 PM
Your subject line when sending a cover letter in an email should be brief and specific. Aim to write a subject line that indicates who you are, and that notes the job for which you’re applying. Also note any attached documents. Here’s an example: Ian Brown - Senior Product Manager - Resume & Cover Letter.
A subject line like the one above should be adhered to even if you’re sending your cover letter in the body of an email. Including this sort of information increases the likelihood that the hiring manager or recruiter will open your email. It helps them to know that you aren’t sending spam and that you’re sending something useful. Including your name and the job title can also help them to find your email again at a later time.
Ideally, if you send your cover letter via email, you will send it to the hiring manager or recruiter. If you have a friend who works at the company, you can also send it to your friend and ask them to forward your message to the hiring manager. Before you do that though, you need to first ask your friend if that delivery route is possible.
Also, don’t forget to include your resume along with your cover letter! A cover letter is almost never sent alone—it acts as a highly necessary complement to your resume.