What To Write In A Cover Letter Email

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.

Best regards,

First Last

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.

Kind regards,

First Last


Example #3: If a colleague referred you.

Dear Sir/Madam:

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,

First Last

Example # 4: If you’ve been at your current position for less than one year.

Dear Sir/Madam:

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.


First Last

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,

First Last

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 cover letter is a great chance to make a connection with the employer. Many job seekers waste that opportunity by either writing a poor cover letter or not sending one at all. So kudos to you for taking time to do it right.

Before you start writing, read these Four Rules of the Road for Job Search Letters and Emails. They'll help give you an edge on your job search competition.

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If you're like most job seekers, you want to know: How do I start? What should I say? How "salesy" should I be?

I put together eight steps to answer those questions. With this guide you'll know how to write a cover letter that has just the right amount of personal and professional tone.

  1. Research The Employer
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  2. Hardcopy Cover Letter: Create the Header, Date, and Inside Address
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  3. Start Your Cover Letter or Cover Email With a Greeting
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  4. The Lead Line
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  5. The Sales Pitch
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  6. The Closer
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  7. Your Cover Letter Sign Off
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  8. Proofread Your Cover Letter Carefully
    A typo in your letter can kill your chance for the job. Follow this tip for a perfect letter.

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