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Disclaimer: English is not my mother tongue and I have trouble understanding what this recruiter needs.

I've got a recruiter that contacted me about role X. I looked up the Careers page of the company and saw role Y which I considered could be better for me because of my experience. So he sent me a message via LinkedIn saying:

Please send me your CV and motivation for the role Y

What is he expecting exactly? Any examples would be useful.

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    The recruiter wants your explanation of why you think Role Y would be a good fit for you. Your CV is simply your work history or résumé. – Kent A. Jan 2 '17 at 13:55
  • Thanks @KentA. do you think I should send it inline with my response or as a separate document? – curpickled Jan 2 '17 at 14:07
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    I would send it as a separate document. As the answers that have been provided already recommend, you could provide your explanation in the form of a cover letter for your CV. This way, whether or not the recruiter is asking for a cover letter (I'm not convinced he is), he will still get your explanation. – Kent A. Jan 2 '17 at 14:12
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The recruiter is most likely asking for a motivation letter, otherwise known as a covering letter to go with your CV. There are several resources online that you can use for writing one, here is one example. And to quote them:

A cover letter is a one page document that you send with your resume when applying for a job. It is meant to: Introduce yourself to the hiring manager. Argue why you'd be a good fit for the job.

You can also find plenty more examples elsewhere

Though if you're not sure and want clarification, ask the recruiter to be more clear in what they want. There is no harm in asking for a clarification

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