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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Entry Level Finance Cover Letter and Resume Samples
When you are applying for a job in finance, be sure to follow the instructions in the job posting exactly. If a cover letter is required, make sure yours is a good one. It can help to look at a sample of an entry level finance cover letter to help you know what to include. It’s also helpful to review resume examples so you can see how yours compares.
The following is an example of a cover letter for an entry level finance position.
When you are applying for an entry level job that doesn't require significant work experience, include information on the related courses you have taken, any internships you have done, and the finance skills you have gained while in college.
It's important to be specific, and to take the time to match your qualifications to the job description. The closer the match, the better your chances will be of getting picked for an interview.
Also see below for an example of a resume for a finance position.
Sample Cover Letter - Entry Level Finance Position
Your Contact Information
City, State, Zip Code
Cell Phone Number
Employer Contact Information
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
I am very interested in the entry-level position that is available at ABC Investment Partners. I recently graduated from XYZ University College and am actively seeking employment with firms in the San Francisco area.
My courses in investments, finance, and business have given me a solid base upon which I plan to build my career.
During my college internships, I dealt with a variety of budgets and conducted market research while handling numerous administrative duties. The experience allowed me to learn important skills and to develop the confidence needed to succeed in a competitive environment.
I have enclosed my resume for your review. Thank you for your time and consideration.
It would be a pleasure to interview with you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Your Signature (hard copy letter)
Your Typed Name
Sample Finance Resume
First Last Name
Street Address, City, State, Zip
Analytical and detail-oriented emerging professional positioned to excel within a challenging entry-level Finance position requiring solid knowledge of investment strategies and international financial markets.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance Major
Southern Technical College, Little Rock, Arkansas
Associate Degree of Applied Science, Computer Aided Drafting
12/20XX – 6/20XX: Finance Student
University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas
Successfully pursued and completed comprehensive course of study in Business Administration and Finance, laying solid groundwork for a career as a Financial Analyst. Relevant coursework included: Financial Accounting, Financial Analysis, Financial Econometrics I & II, Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing, and Macroeconomics I & II.
Structured, researched, and presented well-received individual and group case studies of corporate financial structures, futures markets, commodities pricing, and trading strategies. Completed internships with Frank Financial Services and Premium Tax Services.
1/20XX - Present: Teller
2nd Street Bank, Little Rock, Arkansas
Concurrent with education, gained practical experience as a Teller for established banking firm. Provided first-class customer service to clients at drive-through window; handled cash transactions with 100% accuracy and accountability.
Microsoft Office Suite; Bloomberg, Sage 50 Accounting, SAS, QlikView, PrevisionEPM Financial Reporting, QuickBooks
Related:Finance Major Skills List
Sending an Email Cover Letter and Resume
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:
Subject: Job Title - Your Name
Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.
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