A covering email

A covering email

Learn how to write a covering email to accompany a job application.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text

To: recruitment@new-company.com
From: Susan Nelson
Subject: Digital Marketing Executive application


Dear Ms Jones,

I'm writing in response to your advertisement for a Digital Marketing Executive. My name is Susan Nelson and I'm a Social Media Marketing Assistant. I have had this job for the past two years and I believe I am the person you need for your new role.

The bulk of my work involves designing and implementing online marketing campaigns across a range of channels. I am very comfortable using analytics to assess campaign success and drive future initiatives. I work with a range of social media platforms and tools for digital marketing.  

I have always worked in the retail industry and am familiar with the seasonal nature of business such as yours and have the skills to push your business forward through creativity and innovation. I would very much like the opportunity to both bring my experience and enthusiasm to this role while continuing to develop professionally and personally.

Following initial research into your company I very much feel we would be a good fit for each other and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this position with you in person.  

Please find attached my CV.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Susan Nelson


  1. Try to find out the name of the person hiring and address your cover letter to them.
  2. Start with a clear statement about who you are and the role you are applying for.
  3. Then give information about your current work (or studies if you are still a student).
  4. Mention how and why this experience is suited to the new company and role, including any transferable skills (= things you have learned that you will take with you to future jobs).
  5. End with a closing statement that suggests further contact.
    I look forward to hearing from you.


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Submitted by Nicole Savage on Tue, 07/05/2019 - 19:19

Nice article, but i already seen it there google

Submitted by linhview on Fri, 19/04/2019 - 09:21

yes, I do. When I send mail to apply for new jobs, I will write cover letters.

Submitted by Anna Spinosa on Mon, 15/04/2019 - 16:27

I found this exercise really interesting , with loads of examples in order to learn how to properly cover a letter
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Submitted by Margherita De Luca on Fri, 05/04/2019 - 14:06

It's a good example of cover letter. I think this exercise could help me to write my own.

Submitted by beatrizGY on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:39

Be clear and concise.

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