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Cover Letter Enclosure: What Does it Mean [Examples]

Cover Letter Enclosure: What Does it Mean [Examples]

All professional packages list what they contain. Who would buy it otherwise? Do the same with an expert cover letter enclosure.

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So the hiring manager has read to the end of your cover letter. That’s great!

 

They blink a couple of times. No enclosures? They guess you didn’t send the two letters of recommendation they asked for. Into the garbage it goes.

 

The thing is, that business disaster could have been averted by using a professional cover letter enclosure.

 

I know what you’re thinking, that just sounds way too fancy and complicated.

 

It’s not, I promise. Let me show you how.

 

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What is an Enclosure in a Cover Letter?

 

A cover letter enclosure appears at the very end of your cover letter and refers to any additional documents that you’ve attached to your job application. These could include things like a resume, letters of recommendation, school transcripts, certificates, and essays.

 

Does this sound like overkill?

 

Perhaps, but it’s actually quite helpful. Have you ever seen the typical recruiter’s desk(top)? It’s super simple for your submission to pull an Amelia Earhart in that wide ocean of job applications, but the cover letter enclosure makes it very clear which and how many documents belong to you. It also shows that you’re a total pro.

 

That said, there’s no need to go overboard with enclosures if the job ad doesn’t ask for them. That is definitely overkill.

Read more: What Should a Cover Letter Include?

How to Add an Enclosure to Your Cover Letter

 

Now that you know what an enclosure on a cover letter is, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how it actually works and what you need to include.

  • Create a list of the documents you’re going to include with your cover letter off to the side.
  • Find your name at the end of your cover letter and double space after that.
  • Type the word “Enclosure:” for one document, “Enclosures:” for two or more. It’s also ok to use the cover letter enclosure notation “Encl.:”.
  • Skip a line and then begin to list each of your enclosures. Remember that each enclosure gets its own line, so, for example, four enclosures need four lines. Do not put numbers indicating how many enclosures you have.
  • Reread each line for any spelling errors.

Read more: How to Format a Cover Letter

Cover Letter Enclosure Examples

 

Here are a couple of cover letter enclosure samples to show you the theory put into practice.

 

Right

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Gunter

 

Enclosure:

Resume

Right

Sincerely, 

 

Ryan Gunter

 

Enclosures:

Resume

Application form

Letter of recommendation

Wrong

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Gunter

 

Enclosures: 3 (resume, 2 letters of recommendation)

 

That wrong example is really cluttered and hard to read. Are there two enclosures? Three?

 

The right example shows very clearly what you’ve included and the recruiter can easily collect your entire job application.

Read more: What Should Your Cover Letter Say

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Key Takeaway

 

Cover letter enclosures are just as important in business as they are in your job hunt. Use them to your advantage and show the hiring manager that you’re the candidate they’re waiting for.

 

When adding your cover letter enclosures, remember to keep these things in mind:

  • Add your enclosure at the end of your cover letter.
  • Use the singular or plural form depending on the number of documents you’ll be submitting. Use a colon after the word.
  • Use one line for each individual enclosed document.

 

There you have it. Easy as pie!

 

Have any questions? Does something about cover letter enclosures have you stumped? Let me know down in the comment section below and I’ll get back to you!

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Oliwia Wolkowicz
Oliwia is a career expert with a solid background in various industries, including consulting and aviation. At Zety, she writes dedicated, advice-driven guides to help readers create great resumes and cover letters to land the job of their dreams.
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