Cover letter when one not specifically requested?

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Cover letter when one not specifically requested?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:26 pm

Hi, I think I know the answer but just want to double check. I'm going to apply to a firm and the job posting says send resume and transcript. Should I send a cover letter as well?

Thanks

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Re: Cover letter when one not specifically requested?

Postby Gorki » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:49 pm

I would have said include one out of custom. But lately I have just made the body of the e-mail a "cover letter." My thought here being that if they did not request one, they may not bother opening the cover letter .pdf, or reading the cover letter in your .pdf merge file. On the other hand, pretty much everyone will give the body of an e-mail at least a cursory glance.

Treat the body of the e-mail formal like a real forum. No forum-style writing or "Hey John, This is my resume and stuff for the job posted (see subject line). Take it easy, Student McLawskoo"

Not kidding we got an application to the place I work that read similar to that... they had a cover letter too, but come on...

FWIW my latest mailing/app campaign has been a fail, still clerking for firm I have been at since 2L summer.

Interested to see what others say.

Best of luck.

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Re: Cover letter when one not specifically requested?

Postby lolwat » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:53 pm

When I email apps I don't send separate cover letters anymore, it's just the body of the email. I only include them if I'm submitting an online app.




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