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Sample Email Cover Letter With Resume Attached

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.

Best regards,

First Last
Phone:
Email:

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.

Kind regards,

First Last
Phone:

Email:

Example #3: If a colleague referred you.

Dear Sir/Madam:

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,

First Last
Phone:
Email:

Example # 4: If you’ve been at your current position for less than one year.

Dear Sir/Madam:

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.

Respectfully,

First Last
Phone:
Email:

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,

First Last
Phone:
Email:

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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Ever feel like you're just too darn close to what you're writing to know if it's any good? Sometimes it helps to get someone else to take a look and give you some honest feedback.

In this case, John asked me to look over his resume cover letter before he emailed it to an employer. See what you think...

A Resume Cover Letter Email

John (not his real name) made his resume cover letter anonymous, sent it to me, and agreed to let me critique it here in the Job Lounge. Note, this is a cover letter meant to be sent as an email with a resume attached.

Date

ABC Company
Annon Street
Annon City, State zip

To whom it may concern,

I would like to express my interest in a position as an entry-level property claims field adjuster. I am impressed by the fact that you've been in business since 1925, write 3.8 million policies in 11 states, and that you offer generous employee benefits. I am confident that the Any Insurance team's values as described in your code of conduct, would highly complement my own strengths, objectives, and enthusiasm.

My 30 years of experience in the construction industry gives me significant working knowledge "from the curb" in residential and commercial applications. Having owned and operated my own business and served in various supervisory capacities, I have an abundance of experience in the areas of estimating, sales, customer relations and an enhanced ability to work independently.

My "hands on" experience working with adjusters, contractors, damage control and remediation companies and clients has given me valuable insight into the needs and concerns of each.

The fact that I've recently upgraded my computer skills at our local HI-ED Council and completed the Dale Carnegie Course evidences my ability, desire and commitment to pursue further education in this field.

In short I feel that I am uniquely qualified to train in investigating, evaluating, negotiating and settling claims while becoming a valued member of your claims adjuster team.

Please look over my enclosed resume. I would greatly appreciate an
interview at your earliest convenience and look forward to meeting with you concerning a career at Any Insurance to discuss the positive contributions I could make.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

John Smith

About John's Cover Letter Sample

Thanks for sharing your resume cover letter with us, John. I like your polite tone and the fact that you've spelled things out for the employer.

Here are my thoughts on how you might improve it.

  • There's no need to put the date at the top of the resume cover letter, as that date will be placed in the heading by the email program.
  • You can delete the inside address (the name and address of the employer) because it's not needed in an email cover note.
  • Replace "To whom it may concern" with "Dear Hiring Manager." You may not know the name of the person you're writing to but this change will make your note somewhat personable (so it doesn't sound like a legal notice from a complete stranger).
  • The first sentence can be shortened (see my edit), and the rest of the first paragraph can be removed because most of it should be discussed in the interview, especially the part about money.
  • I suggest you delete the part about "generous employee benefits" as it seems self-serving.
  • Try using bold to highlight the first few words of the three middle paragraphs. This will help make your letter quick to scan.
  • Edit sentences to make them a little less wordy and make the main points clearer.

Okay, here's my revised version of your resume cover note, all to be put in the body of an email message to the employer (with your resume attached).

John's New Resume Cover Letter

Dear Hiring Manager,

I would like to express my interest in a position as an entry-level Property Claims Field Adjuster. I am impressed that you've been in business since 1925 and write 3.8 million policies in 11 states. I am confident that the Any Insurance team's values as described in your Code of Conduct would highly complement my own strengths, objectives, and enthusiasm.

My 30 years of experience in the construction industry gives me significant working knowledge "from the curb" in residential and commercial applications. Having owned and operated my own business and served in various supervisory capacities, I have an abundance of experience in the areas of estimating, sales, and customer relations, coupled with an enhanced ability to work independently.

My "hands on" experience working with adjusters, contractors, damage control and remediation companies and clients has given me valuable insight into the needs and concerns of each.

I've recently upgraded my computer skills and completed the Dale Carnegie Course, which evidences my ability, desire and commitment to pursue further education in this field.

In short I feel that I am uniquely qualified to train in investigating, evaluating, negotiating and settling claims while becoming a valued member of your claims adjuster team.

Please look over my attached resume. I would greatly appreciate an interview to discuss the contributions I could make at Any Insurance.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,

John Smith

More Sample Resume Cover Letters

You can find lots more resume cover letter samples in my collection of Cover Letter Samples. And if you want to share your cover letter with us, please post it as a comment after this article: Let's See Your Best Cover Letter! Cover Letter Samples.