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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A recommendation from someone a hiring manager knows and trusts can open employment doors in a way that just sending in a resume cannot. How you mention your mutual connection determines how it influences an employer’s impression of you. When done tactfully and politely, a referral can prompt the employer to put your resume at the top of the stack. If you don’t follow proper etiquette, however, this strategy could backfire and leave you in a worse position.
Request the person’s permission before mentioning him in your letter. If he doesn’t know you’ve referenced his name when applying for the job, he might not be prepared if the employer contacts him. Also, only include the person’s name if he knows and is on good terms with the person who will review your resume. If they don’t know each other, the recommendation will carry little weight. If they don’t see eye-to-eye or if the hiring manager doesn’t think highly of the other person, adding his name to your letter could hurt your chances of securing an interview.
Lead With the Recommendation
Open your letter by mentioning your mutual connection. You’ll grab the employer’s attention, encouraging him to read on. You’ll also immediately set yourself apart from other candidates by offering an implied endorsement. In addition, if the employer respects the person who recommended you, he’ll likely see you in a more favorable light as well. Begin your letter with a sentence or two such as “Mike Richards, Vice-President of Human Resources at Smith, Inc., suggested I contact you regarding the opening at your company for a senior marketing associate.”
Explain Your Connection
In addition to mentioning that someone recommended you for the job, discuss how you know this person. If you both belong to the same professional associations or have volunteered together, he’ll know your integrity, personality and the quality of your work better than if you spoke with him for a few minutes at a job fair or networking event. Stress that this person can vouch for you by saying “I’ve worked closely with Bob Taylor, your director of human resources, for several years as part of the board of directors for the Metro Symphony Association.”
Highlight Your Qualifications
Even if you have a strong recommendation from someone the employer trusts, you can’t expect the referral alone to persuade him to invite you for an interview. Spend no more than a sentence or two on the recommendation and then quickly shift toward discussing your qualifications. For example, write “As Ben probably told you, I have 10 years of experience in advertising, most recently serving as an account executive at Evans and Robinson Advertising. There, I worked with the firm’s most high-profile and lucrative clients.”
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