An email cover letter

An email cover letter

Learn how to write a cover letter or email to respond to a job advert.

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


Reading text

From: Laura Mazzanti
To: David Kelly, HR Manager
Subject: Application for sales manager position

Dear Mr Kelly,

I am writing in response to the job advertisement on the ABC Jobs website for the position of sales manager.

I have five years of experience in sales. For the last three years, I have worked as a team leader, managing a team of 20 sales assistants in a large store. I have experience in hiring, training and managing staff. I have good communication skills and I can speak Italian, Spanish and English.

I have attached my CV with more information about my background and qualifications.  

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Laura Mazzanti


  1. Be specific in the subject line and say what job you are applying for.
  2. Start your email with Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms + person's surname.
  3. Say where you saw the advertisement.
  4. Say which job you're applying for. You can use the sentence I'm writing in response to the job advertisement for the position of … .
  5. Write a short paragraph to say why you're suitable for the job. Mention your education, qualifications, work experience or skills.
  6. Attach a CV (also known as a résumé in the USA) with more information about your qualifications and background.
  7. End by saying I look forward to hearing from you soon or I hope to hear from you soon.
  8. Sign off with Best regards or Best wishes.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3


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Average: 4.1 (7 votes)

Submitted by ykthn on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 05:09

First, I will write down the necessary personal information accurately. This must be done by everyone. In addition, I would include my skills and experience in my CV. I work part-time at a restaurant and a drugstore. In these spaces, Hospitality is very important. There are word to "Customer is God" in Japan. I learned a lot about service to customers, so I'm good at it. Also, communication skills have been improved. I find it worthwhile to think about our customers and act accordingly. And I have two experiences I would like to include. Those are homestay in the USA and short term study abroad in Korea. Both of them have a short period, but I have interacted with many people and deepened my knowledge of culture and language. I can’t say I am good at Korean and English right now, so I would like to study more and say that I am good at them. In summary, I would like to include that I am good at communicating with customers and I have experienced twice in short term study abroad. I found that I have few my appeal points in this theme. I would like to increase my skills before I get a job.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 20:08

My CV usually has 6 main sections such as personal details, career objective, education and qualifications, work experience, interests and achievements, skills. A good CV has to clear and scientific layout, full of the necessary information, and particularly suitable for the position that you apply.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 18:59

Well, I have enough experience to fill with the needed information the whole sheet or even two. I definitely write about my education. Not on the top of the list though. There would be my job experience. I've already worked on five jobs and, quite successfully and some of them. Of course, I'll mention that in my CV. I'll write about my manager experience as a team leader and knowledge in constructing, designing, and installing. And won't forget about skills, both - hard and soft skills. I think I have something to write about.

Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Sun, 12/07/2020 - 18:11

I would wrote CV including my first name, surname, experinece, skills, hobbies, knowledge of languages etc.

Submitted by grainpleaser on Sun, 12/07/2020 - 14:26

I'm happy I have 100% correct on task 3. I always have problem with preposition. I'm working on it.
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Submitted by Red Sus on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 10:21

I would include personal information (name, phone number, address). Along with work experiences and relevant skills, it's better to put contact information of the previous employers, so they can easily verify that I'm being true about the CV. Moreover, I think you should describe a bit about yourself and the goal you're aiming at. So the employer would see you as a person who is determined and suited for the position.

Submitted by Omer_moh on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 15:11

I will include my personal information (name, phone number, address). qualifications, skills, experience.

Submitted by Yusei Takechi on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 10:56

I will include in my resume my work experiences and my relevant skills and so on. In addition to, also I will include any qualifications I have, as well as information about past careers background. For example, the university I have been through, or the Eiken 1st grade. If that resume is what you write when you get a job, write down my objective why I am applying for the job. I have written a resume for a part-time job in the past. The contents of the resume I wrote at that time are basically personal information such as name, address, and telephone number.Next is education background, I will write the junior high school, high school I have been through, and the university I attend. Finally, I will write the reason why I would like to work there. I have only written my resume once, so I am worried that I will write a resume that I will probably write when I get a job. This is because the reason for applying become like a false, and there is no strength, writing is limited. I would like to see examples on the internet etc. and also have a decent resume.

Hello Yusei Takechi

You can find an example of a CV on this Writing page on our site. I'm sure you can also find lots of examples on the internet by doing a search for 'example CV' if you want to see some more.

Good luck!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by jhn__26 on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 05:07

If I want to include my information in my resume, I will write my academic background and my previous part-time job. Until now, when applying for a part-time job, I write my junior high school, senior high school, and university, excluding detailed information such as my name and telephone number on my resume. I think it will be advantageous for me to write down my experiences at a part-time job, my department of foreign language (in my case, my department of foreign language) and qualifications. I think the qualifications such as TOEIC, car license and secretarial certification are effective. Other than that, I also show how long it takes to get to the workplace from my home. If I’m close to my home, employer don't have to pay for my transportation costs, so I will have a slightly higher chance of being hired. However, the most important thing is the motivation for the job. I show my passion for how much I want to work there, and I promise to "do my best if you do."