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Should I Send a Cover Letter As an Attachment?

by Neil Kokemuller, studioD

Electronically submitted resumes and cover letters are common for job applications. Opinions vary on whether it is better to include a cover letter in the body of an email to a hiring manager or include it as an attachment. In general, you have three different approaches to consider when submitting a letter and resume.

Cover Letter Options

The University of Minnesota Law School Career Center indicated in a January 2007 blog that you should send the cover letter as an attachment to allow the recipient to print it to share with other committee members. Career website Beyond.com indicates that you should write your letter in the body of the email and attach the resume. This ensures the letter is read. A third option is to include a brief synopsis of your letter in the body that directs the reader to the attached letter and resume.

About the Author

Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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