We discussed the importance of creating an email cover letter in our previous post, Five Steps to a Standout Resume Email, and thought would be helpful to our job-seeking readers to provide some examples to use as a starting point for your next email cover letter.
The examples below come from real-life job seeker emails, although we’ve altered the details and contact information. Whether you prefer a “salesy” approach or you’re more of a “direct and to the point” kind of person, choose the template that suits your style. Just be sure to include these key elements in your email cover letter.
- Mention the title of the position you’re applying for in the subject line and body of your email.
- Explain where you found the job posting or how you heard about the position.
- Conclude with a subtle call to action to remind the hiring manager of the action you’d like them to take, such as, “I look forward to hearing from you.”
- List your full name and contact information in your email signature block (not just on your resume attachment).
- If applicable, quickly explain any questions that your resume may raise. For example, if you’re from out of town but planning to move close to the job location, or you’ve been at your current position for only a short time.
Email Cover Letter Examples for Legal Professionals
Example #1: If you prefer to keep it brief.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am interested in the Litigation Associate position advertised on LinkedIn. I have attached my resume and cover letter for your review.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
Example #2: If you’re relocating to the city where the job opportunity is located.
Dear Hiring Manager,
I’m writing to express my interest in the Litigation Secretary position listed on Monster.com. My resume is attached for your review and consideration.
I am a fast learner, very dependable, organized, and computer savvy. I have extensive experience assisting firm attorneys and multiple paralegals, as well as supervising and managing an office. While I currently reside in Los Angeles, I will be moving to San Francisco at the end of the month.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you to learn more about your firm, its plans and goals, and how I might contribute to its continued success. I can be your ideal candidate if given this opportunity. Thank you.
Example #3: If a colleague referred you.
I was referred to you by a mutual acquaintance, John Smith, who said you have an opening for a litigation secretary. I have many years of experience as a litigation secretary, most of them working with managing partners. I am a professional looking for a career, not just a job. I am organized, reliable and self-motivated. I like being part of a team, but can also work independently.
Included with this e-mail is a copy of my resume for your review and consideration. Once you have had an opportunity to review my resume, please contact me if you have any questions or to arrange an interview. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.
Thank you for your time,
Example # 4: If you’ve been at your current position for less than one year.
Please allow this introduction. My name is Jane Smith, and I have 12 years of legal secretarial experience working with managing partners of small, mid- and large-sized law firms. My current typing speed is 105 wpm from written form and 120 wpm from live dictation with the utmost accuracy. I am interested in the Litigation Secretary position advertised on your firm’s website.
I am currently working for a small civil litigation firm. However, after only 11 months in this position, the financial stability of the firm has significantly changed. Therefore I am seeking long-term tenure with a stable civil litigation firm.
Attached please find my resume and list of references. If you are interested in the professional skills and positive attributes I can contribute to your firm, please contact me at [phone number] at your convenience to schedule an interview.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Example #5: If you want to be dazzle the hiring manager with your qualifications.
Dear Recruiting Administrator:
Do you need a hardworking, creative and conscientious paralegal to meet your firm’s needs? If so, I can help you. The following is a summary of my qualifications:
- More than ten years of progressively responsible legal experience;
- Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Business Administration;
- Exceptional verbal, written and analytical skills;
- Advanced computer skills;
- Outgoing personality and “can-do” attitude.
I would like to meet with you to discuss how I might assist your firm in fulfilling its present needs. My resume is enclosed for your review. If you need someone who is highly motivated, eager to learn, and willing to work hard to succeed, please contact me at [phone] or via e-mail: [email].
Thank you for your time and consideration,
These examples are meant to be a starting point only – add your own voice, style and experience to make your own standout (or at least solid) email cover letter.
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Email Cover Letter Template
Dear [NAME OF RECIPIENT], [JOB TITLE]
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My name is [NAME] and I am writing to express my keen interest in the available position of [POSITION APPLIED] at [COMPANY NAME]. I believe my employment experiences, skill set, and personal qualities make me an outstanding candidate for this position.
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PandaTip: Begin your email cover letter by showing the ways in which your previous position fully prepared you for the job you are now applying for. Address ways in which you succeeded at your previous job, and include ways you strongly contributed to the company.
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PandaTip: Use this second section to enhance your employability skills. Provide a comment made by a previous employer, or show the ways in which you were an outstanding employee at this job. Real examples of your achievement are a great element to include in this section of a cover letter. Feel free to mention any challenges you’ve overcome.
I feel that I have a strong basis in the [SPECIFY TYPE] industry, which would lend itself very well to a [POSITION APPLIED] position. I am a skilled [POSITION TITLE] and I pride myself on my keen attention to detail in all areas of my work. My employment at [COMPANY NAME]– as well as other [COMPANY NAMES]–has attuned me to the necessities of clear communication, thoroughness, and working with accuracy and efficiency. I believe I would make an excellent [POSITION APPLIED] as I would bring to the position not only my skills, but great [ATTRIBUTE] and [ATTRIBUTE]. With the combination of my enthusiasm and skills, I think the [POSITION APPLIED] position is one in which I would excel, and I believe I would be a valuable asset to your business.
PandaTip: The cover letter–or, more likely nowadays, the email cover letter–is the moment to show off and entice the reader to actually click to open your resume or CV. Do not attach your cover letter but rather put it in the body of the email–you want to make it as easy as possible for them to access all your info. And feel free to add a touch of personality to your cover letter, including information that perhaps wouldn’t be in your resume, like how you run marathons, graduated university in three years, where you volunteer on the weekends or any awards you’ve received. It’s about making you intriguing yet human.
I have attached my resume. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
PandaTip: Include both your phone number and Skype name, making it easy for them to contact you without having to re-open your resume. For that matter, make sure your email address comes with an appropriate (but smiling) photo and signature.