How to Email a Cover Letter to a Recruiter


Many employers ask for resumes and cover letters via email, so it is important to know how to email a concise cover letter that will grab the recruiter's attention. You need to use the letter to introduce yourself and talk about the position you are interested in. Keep the letter to a couple paragraphs. Write your cover letter in the body of the email.

Things You'll Need

  • Recruiter's email address
  • Recruiter's name
  • Cover letter
  • Read over the job posting. If there are specific instructions about who to email your resume and cover letter to, follow the instructions. If a name and email address is given, address your letter to that person.

  • Write and edit the cover letter in a word processing program. It is always a good idea to save the letter in case it gets lost. Make sure to tell the recruiter your resume is attached.

  • Address the recruiter (i.e., "Dear Mr. Tom Smith") in the letter. Do some research to find the HR manager's full name if it was not given. Look on the company's website, do a Google search or browse LinkedIn to find the manager's name. Otherwise, address the recruiter as "Hiring Manager."

  • Open your email account and paste the finished letter into a new message.

  • Attach a Word document or PDF of your resume.

  • Copy and paste the email address of the recruiter in the "To" field.

  • Write an appropriate title for your message in the "Subject" line. Make sure to mention the title of the position here.

  • Check over the letter one last time. Click "Send."

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