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 Magedelabd on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:53

Here is some tips for writing a good covering email.try to find the name of the hiring person and address the email to him. Start with a clear statement who you are and the job you apply for. Then give information about you current work. mention how and why your experience is fit and useful for their company. End your letter with a statement which suggest a future contact like I look forward to hearing from you.

Submitted by Rahma Mahmoud on Thu, 19/03/2020 - 08:54

Be precise and use a good language between formal and friendly style. You are compelled to show your expertise and make you the best candidate for this role. You also should structure a customized cover letter for every role you are going to apply.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Mon, 09/03/2020 - 17:10

Thank you so much for training this lesson.

Submitted by Boltedroyce on Fri, 25/10/2019 - 13:44

To: recruitment@new-company.com From: Royce Fu Subject: Secondment to British application Dear Colleagues, I'm writing in response to the secondment program for job vacancy in Britain office. My name is Royce Fu and I'm a Manager in Transaction service. I have 2 years experience in deals with variety industry exposure, before joined deals team, I have had worked in assurance team mainly focus on real estate sector. I believe this job vacancy fits me much well, and I could contribute to both the host office and home office. The bulk of my work involves FDD and valuation service in M&A activities. I'm experienced in NEV, semiconductor and real estate sector. Based on my proficient skills in DA tools, I do well in the operation analysis to dig out the driver and trend of target business. Although I'm a new promote manager, I have had several job experience as manager in charge already. Which really benefit my team management skill and client management skills a lot. During my past 5 year in firm, my rating maintains top performance though department altered in the third years. I believe I could adapt the new environment in Britain and contribute my specialty. Please find attached my CV. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely, Royce Fu

Submitted by Hoang Tien on Sat, 17/08/2019 - 00:47

Wonderful, now I can write a letter to the company for applying a suit work. Thanks!

Submitted by Dimpy on Fri, 26/07/2019 - 14:18

Hi I have a question regarding the reading text. Can we write "Please find my CV attached along with the/this email " instead of "Please find attached my CV "?
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Submitted by Kirk Moore on Sun, 28/07/2019 - 01:15

In reply to by Dimpy


Hello Dimpy

'along with the' sounds strange to me, but it sounds OK to me to say 'Please find my CV attached to this email'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

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