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Tips For Sending Your Resume Via E-mail

Working at a staffing agency, we see our fair share of e-mails from people applying for jobs. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the e-mail you send is a crucial part of the job application process. The way you draft your e-mail will either make sure your resume ends up in the hands of the hiring manager or ends up in the trash.

Below, I have outlined the three do’s and don’ts of applying for jobs through e-mail. Follow these tips for better success in your job application process!


  1. Do not send an e-mail with your cover letter and resume attached, but with no message. This is the worst crime you could possibly commit in your job application process. It shows recruiters that you don’t care enough about the position to state who you are and why you are applying for the job.
  2. Do not write out your whole life story in your e-mail. That is why there are cover letters. Actually, your cover letter is meant to really explain why you are the best candidate for the role. You do not have to repeat yourself in the body of your e-mail.
  3. Do not send an e-mail without attaching your cover letter and resume. Some applicants copy and paste their cover letter and resume into the body of their e-mail. This either makes recruiters immediately delete your e-mail or it makes extra work for them as they copy, paste and format what you wrote into a word doc.


  1. Keep your e-mail message short and sweet. Recruiters look for the following:
    1. Introduce yourself – Who are you? Why are you applying?
    2. How did you find out about the job?
    3. Explain that you have attached your cover letter and resume to the e-mail
    4. How can we get a hold of you (phone number and e-mail address)?
  2. Send a separate cover letter and resume in an attachment. Microsoft Word documents and .PDFs are the easiest to open. Also make sure to save them as “First Name Last Name Cover Letter” and “First Name Last Name Resume”.
  3. Make the subject line clear and concise. You want the most important information in the subject line – the job you are applying for and your name. Ex. “Job Title / Number – First Name Last Name Application”. 

- Emily, Client & Candidate Engagement Coordinator


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