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Online Applications: What Goes in Body of E-mail?

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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.

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