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How to Apply to a Job Via Email

Kent Nolen

Q. What is the protocol for applying to a job via email? Do I use my cover letter as the body of the email? What do I put in the subject line?

A. I have answered this question before, but since it’s one that still comes through my inbox on a fairly regular basis, let me share them again.

  • Attach the resume and cover letter as separate documents.
  • Keep the body of the email very straightforward and concise. I don’t suggest using your cover letter as the email content; it is likely too much information for an email. Instead, simply outline your interest in the specific position (include any reference / requisition numbers) and direct the reader to your attached resume and cover letter.
  • If you are provided a name, use it exactly as it is provided (i.e. Dear Sally Jones). Never assume gender. If you are not provided a name, consider using “Dear Hiring Manager.”
  • Use the subject line to reference the specific title and requisition number. For example, “Resume for Job Title #1234987.”