Dear Experts, I have a question regarding submitting online applications. If you are applying for a job and attaching your cover letter and resume in PDF form, what should go in the body of the e-mail? Sometimes I put my whole cover letter in the body of the e-mail and attach it. Is it better to put a shortened version, different from what you attach OR no attachment at all? What do hiring managers prefer? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: @gradversity Q#152 I like to see the CL&R attached with a note that explains which job you are applying to and that there are attachments. @juliaerickson Q#152 Recruiters won't open 2 attachments. I wonder if they read cov lets in email body so like 1 PDF best @jtodonnell Q#152 Keep it short, polite, and well-written. One sentence max - just enough to get them to open your docs! @DebraWheatman Q#152 Use the body of the email as your cover letter. This will prevent the reader from having to open 2 documents. @beneubanks Q#152 I put cover in email and rez as PDF attach. It gives a way to instantly grab attention. @resumesrevealed Q#152 - Email cvr ltr shld say u'd like 2b consdrd 4 position, & resume/cvr lttr r attched; cvr ltr attchd shld say why. @ValueIntoWords Q#.152 - Focused, pithy, brief cover email, communicating why u r sending THEM ur resume. Attach meatier cover ltr. Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
June 08, 2009