If you are really pressed for time and need to move fast to get your application out to a recruiter, then an alternative to a cover letter is an email cover letter or note.
In recent years, with the advent of email, rather than traditional post, email cover letters and notes are increasing in popularity and becoming the norm. The difference between an email cover letter or note and a normal cover letter is that an email cover letter or note is very short (usually one to no more than three paragraphs) and they are typically sent in the email in text, not as an email attachment.
If using an email cover note:
Make sure that your subject line of the email is clear as to content and the position being applied for. For example:
Subject: Experienced Senior Marketing Professional/Application for Marketing Manager.
Make sure you list matching qualifications to job requirements. For example:
With more than 10 years experience in our industry, including experience in driving multi-million-dollar projects on time, on budget delivery, please find attached my application for Project Manager.
Turn a long story, into a short story, so that the employee or recruiter is encouraged to open your resume and review your resume.
Subject: Experienced Project Manager of multi-million-dollar projects
Dear Mr Williams:
With more than 10 years experience in our industry, including experience in driving multi-million-dollar projects on time, on budget delivery, please find attached my application for Senior Project Manager.
As well as project management expertise, I bring other relevant experience to this position. This includes strategic communications, experience of licensing agreements and change programs, as well as successfully supervising up to 30 members of staff.
I look forward to an interview, and I will contact you early next week to ensure you received my application and to answer any questions you may have, relating to my application.
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