Cover Letter Submitted Electronically


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Tom writes: I am trying to find information concerning the appropriate content and format for sending cover letters electronically. Could you provide some advice and “how to” resources?
The Career Doctor responds: Tom, you’ve come to the right place, because my partner (Katharine Hansen) and I consider ourselves — most especially — cover letter experts. In her book, Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates, Kathy states, in part: “brevity is particularly important. For some readers, a screen of email seems equivalent to a page of type…” She goes on to list the guidelines for posting your resume on the Internet. The keys for cover letters sent via email are:
  • keep it brief; even shorter than a standard cover letter;
  • know the company guidelines, which can usually be found on each company’s Website;
  • use limited formatting so that the letters can be more easily scanned (and because not all people have email software that allows stylized text);
  • make good use of keywords in your cover letter;
  • as always, proofread and edit your work, making sure there are no errors of any kind.