Aug 12, 2018 - 07:37 PM
The most important aspect to remember is that you should always follow the hiring manager's instructions. Sometimes he or she may request for the cover letter to be an attachment, and other times he or she may request for it to be in the email. If the hiring manager gives no instructions on the matter, include it as an attachment. This is the standard approach. Additionally, you should make sure to save it as either a PDF or Microsoft Word document unless the hiring manager requests another file format.
Jan 30, 2019 - 04:13 PM
When deciding whether to send your cover letter as a separate attachment or paste it into the body of an email, know that either option is acceptable. If you include the cover letter as an attachment, note it in your (brief) email. If you include the cover letter in the body of an email, it will be readily apparent to the reader.
As Alison Green of Ask a Manager says: "People who hire may have individual preferences, but no one is going to penalize you over doing it in their less-preferred way. It’s like asking 'should my hair have bangs when I go to an interview?' No one cares. And about half of the candidates I see do it one way and half do it the other way."
However, Green says you should not attach the cover letter and also include it in the body of the email, because "that’s annoying." Let the hiring manager know that you are attaching it if you choose that option, and keep your email message brief. There’s no reason to make a hiring manager wade through a lengthy email, and then a cover letter, and then your resume.