Do I really need to say that I’ve attached my resume?
As a job seeker, you might be asking, “Why do I have to point out that my resume is attached? Isn’t it obvious?”
While it seems unnecessary, “Please find attached my resume” communicates that you’re providing your resume along with your well-written cover letter. Clear communication is key to making a good first impression in a competitive market.
“Please find attached my resume” should be used if you’re sending your resume with a:
- printed cover letter
- email cover letter
- letter of interest
Printed cover letter
Most job postings call for online resume submissions. Hundreds of applicants apply online, but some job seekers mail their resumes the old-fashioned way to stand out and reach the hiring manager directly.
A printed-out cover letter should:
- be printed on high-quality resume paper
- mailed in a flat 9” × 12” envelope to avoid creasing
- include the phrase “please find attached my resume” to make sure the hiring manager looks for their resume in the envelope
Email cover letter
If you’re sending your resume by email, you’ll need to decide how to present your cover letter.
This is vital because email has many options for sending your resume and cover letter.
Some ways people attach their application documents to their emails include:
- writing the cover letter in the body of the email and attaching only the resume
- attaching a separate file for each document and writing a short email cover letter introduction
- including only a link to their resume or LinkedIn summary
Adding the phrase “Please find attached my resume” to your email reminds the hiring manager to look for your resume (just don’t forget to actually attach it), and shows them that you’re detail-oriented.
Letter of interest
A letter of interest is similar to a cover letter, but including a resume is optional for a letter of interest. By contrast, you always need to include a resume with a cover letter.
Because you don’t always send a resume with a letter of interest, point out that you’ve attached your resume. By adding the phrase “please find attached my resume,” you clearly and effectively direct the hiring manager to it without them having to ask for it.
Alternatives to “Please find attached my resume”
Still not sold on the usefulness of this phrase? If “please find attached my resume” is too formal for your writing style, use one of the following alternatives:
- “I’ve attached my resume for your review.”
- “In this envelope, please find enclosed my resume.” (for printed cover letters only)
- “I’ve included my resume.”
- “In my attached resume, you’ll see that I…”
These phrases are modern ways of saying the same thing, and they set you apart from job seekers who use “please find attached my resume.”
In particular, “In my attached resume, you’ll see that I…” works into the flow of your writing, and gives you an opportunity to elaborate on the details of your resume.
But the best place to discuss your resume is at the interview, so don’t forget to end your cover letter by requesting a formal interview and repeating your contact details.