Sample E-Mail Cover Notes that Introduce Resumes

Use e-mail cover notes to introduce resumes that you attach to e-mail messages. E-mail cover notes are shorter and more informal than the cover letters that often accompany resumes, but they should be carefully crafted if you want your resume to get noticed.

You typically send an e-mail cover note in text, not as an attachment. Your resume may follow in text or be attached in an MS Word or PDF document.

The following e-mail cover notes are examples of the kind of message you can send online to introduce your digital resume (the names of their writers appear beneath each sample):

  • Top of the class. Employers are impressed with candidates who are in the top 10 percent of their class. Even in a talent-short category, such as RNs with a bachelor’s degree, this candidate, leaving little to chance, mentions other positive points as well.

    [Credit: Haley Richardson, CPRW, JCTC — Riverview, Fla.]
    Credit: Haley Richardson, CPRW, JCTC — Riverview, Fla.

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  • Marine in transition. A military service member, who may be on board ship or overseas, suggests immediate contact by telephone or online as a means of encouraging the employer not to hire anyone before interviewing him.

    [Credit: Joyce Lain Kennedy — Carlsbad, Calif.]
    Credit: Joyce Lain Kennedy — Carlsbad, Calif.

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  • Designer bullet points. Using bullet points to flag qualifications, a candidate spreads out an e-mail cover note to take advantage of white space and openness for easy reading.

    [Credit: Sharla McAuliffe, CPRW — Burlington, Mass.]
    Credit: Sharla McAuliffe, CPRW — Burlington, Mass.

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  • Unique networker. The candidate uses editorial rather than advertising content to spot an individual who can influence her future and makes a bold move to meet her potential benefactor. This sample can also be considered a networking cover note.

    [Credit: MJ Feld, MS, CPRW — Huntington, N.Y.]
    Credit: MJ Feld, MS, CPRW — Huntington, N.Y.

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  • Job-lead followup. The seeker of an office manager position puts the mutual contact in the subject where it can’t be missed.

    [Credit: Haley Richardson, CPRW, JCTC — Riverview, Fla.]
    Credit: Haley Richardson, CPRW, JCTC — Riverview, Fla.

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