/ Asked by Brittani
When applying for jobs I noticed that many ask that you email your resume and cover letter to a general employment email address. I know this may seem like a simple question, but what is the correct format for emailing this information? Should I attach both the cover letter and resume in separate files or type the cover letter in the message box and then attach the resume?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I think you could go either way on this. I’ve seen cover letters and resumes sent in both formats and I don’t think either format comes across badly or would hinder your chance of being selected for an interview. It really depends on your personal preference. If you are attaching both documents as separate files, I would recommend sending both files as a PDF.
Answered by Cassie, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, May 21, 2015
When you apply through our applicant tracking system we have separate attachment boxes for cover letter and resume. I like getting the separate files because then it’s very clear which I am reviewing and sending to the hiring manager.
When asked to email your information I do think either way is appropriate, however it will probably be easier to create two attachments so they can be easily saved rather than having to copy and paste your cover letter into a document before forwarding along to someone else for review.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 22, 2015
This is a good tactical question.  Definitely attach the resume in a separate Word or PDF file.  As for the cover letter, it should be separate, but many company careers sites give you a space where you can free form type in a cover letter.  If this is offered, I would take advantage of this.  Don't stress too much about the cover letter, though.  Customize each cover letter for the job to which you are applying, but it does not have to be lengthy.  Simply state your strong interest in the company and the position and express that you look forward to the next steps in the process and learning about their organization.  This should be all you need to include.  If they simply want you to send an e-mail for your application, I would use the body of the e-mail for your cover letter and attach the resume in a separate file.
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Friday, June 19, 2015
Great question!  I would recommend that you attach your resume in Word or PDF format, then include your cover letter as the email message.  Alternatively, you can have a 2 page document with your cover letter on page 1 and your resume on page 2.  ! document could contain both pieces.  Good luck!
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