I was told that it is 'bad English' to start a correspondence or email with "Please find attached my resume / application for the position of xxxx" or  "Please find in the following...."

Are they really grammatically wrong? How should we say it correctly then?  "Please find my resume in the attachment.."?

I have also seen people saying "Attached is my resume / application ....", but that does not sound polite enough to me.

Thank you.



A letter or email that you send along with your resume is commonly referred to as 'a cover letter'.

You can read books on how to write a good cover letter. However, in simple terms, you should say what you want,

I am applying for the position of senior accountant

Briefly say why the employer should consider you for the job:

I have 10 years experience working as an accountant in responsible positions. I have won an Olympic gold medal and a Nobel Prize.  etc.

Ask politely for an interview:

I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss this with you in an interview

And finally, at the end, mention that you have enclosed your resume:

I have attached my resume for your consideration.

Best wishes, Clive

If a company requests a cover "letter", then it would be adviseable to attached a formal cover letter to an email, and then the email becomes only a means of transmission, with only a brief reference to the purpose of the email and the items attached.

"For your consideration, in application for the position of ____, please find attached my resume and cover letter. Please contact me if you experience any difficutly opening these documents."

I would also offer that the person is not considering your resume, but is considering your work experiences and credentials; therefore, I'd suggest it more appropriate to write, "My resume is attached for your consideration of my qualifications for the position."

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Instead of answering your question, let me explain how things work in Western countries.

A letter or email like this is called 'a cover letter'.

If you do a google search, you will find lots of advice and examples of how to write one.

In very basic terms, the letter should say what job you are applying for, and mention how your skills and experience match well with those required for the job. In other words, this letter is a great chance for you to 'sell yourself'. At the end, you should mention that your resume with further details is attached, and also ask for an interview.

A cover letter that just says I am applying for as job as an xxxx. My resume is attached. but does not do what I have described will just get thrown into the garbage.


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Enclosed is my CV for your consideration. Thanks
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please fnd attached my resume

please fnd attached my resume

The employer won't be impressed if you have no capital at the start, no punctuation, and a spelling error.Emotion: crying

Thanks Clive. It helped me alot.

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Dear Friend,
You simply say like this:

I am herewith submitting my Resume under attachment for your perusal.


I am herewith submitting my Resume under attachment for your perusal.

I see no reason to capitalize 'resume'.

Standards of formality vary in different countries and cultures.

For example, I think people in India tend to prefer a lot of formality.

In N. America, we often wish to be formal, but the level of formality in your example would usually be seen as excessive.

Best wishes, Clive

Respected Clive,

Thanks for your comment. Noted the contents mentioned therein with great pleasure.

It is to bring to your notice that we strictly follow the protocol order when addressing the higher authorities. We do not address the higher authorities by name at the work place.

The word "perusal' is common in our day to day communication.

With high regards,
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