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.
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A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

Submitted by psntomsk on Wed, 14/09/2022 - 19:05


I would include personal information, for example, name, age, phone. Of course, there will be my soft and hard skills, work experience. And a bit of smile.

Submitted by Vanessa Paola … on Wed, 14/09/2022 - 15:43


I usually include information like: my last experience in other works, my principal skills and why I want the job.

Submitted by GraceZ on Tue, 30/08/2022 - 02:47


I would write down personal information such as name, address, Educational attainment, relevant skills for the job and work experience.

Submitted by Nandar Su Hlaing on Tue, 09/08/2022 - 14:28


I have to write my education, skills and knowledge, relevant work experience. The next thing I would like to include my ielts marks, it is the best thing to get a desired job for me in abroad.

Submitted by Fzt_abidin on Sun, 12/06/2022 - 10:31


I prefer to include my IELTS test score, work experience, and skills in my curriculum vitae. A cv is the best way to show your qualification for the job that's why when you apply for a job you have to attach your cv.

Submitted by Kamelbenslimane on Tue, 19/04/2022 - 18:27


I would like to include my skills, my experience and attached my CV and my portfolio for presenting my work.

Submitted by thisouterspace on Wed, 13/04/2022 - 10:21


The information about working experience, related skills to the job, and educational background should include in the resume.

Submitted by ANOUAR on Tue, 30/11/2021 - 14:05


I would like to include my talents and skills and also my work experience, I don't think puting my photo in the CV is a bad idea !

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 02/11/2021 - 14:03


I would like to include my qualification, experience, and potential to improve company. I'm trying to my best and work as a hard working person. I can do anything for company progress.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 13:52


i am going to include my education, qualifications, experiences and skills to prove that I am right for the job

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Submitted by PuenteD on Thu, 12/08/2021 - 20:04

I include in my CV, something personal information and all professional information.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Tue, 22/06/2021 - 12:55

We must include the contact facts, Education,Work experience and interesting, related skills etc.

Submitted by Veronikka on Sat, 05/06/2021 - 23:01

I think the CV should include contact information, work experience, achievements, education.

Submitted by Ehsan on Mon, 19/04/2021 - 06:11

I write my name, my age, education field, education degree, my work experiences, my skills, my science articles and, ...

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Fri, 16/04/2021 - 11:53

I would include in my resume my education, my work experience and my skills.

Submitted by Camila Abreu on Thu, 08/04/2021 - 15:31

I believe that the curriculum should have only essential information: identification of the person, most relevant academic experiences, profissional experiences and skills.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 02:52

Dear Mr Dalio I am writing with regard to your job advertise of Investment analyst on your website. I have bachelor degree of Economic and 5 year experience in finance. For last three year I work as a investment analyst for RN. I am hardworking person, with good skills which looking for new experience in finance. I am a good team player and expert in MS. I look forward to hearing from you soon Best regards, Mikhail

Submitted by TIa vinaka on Thu, 25/03/2021 - 02:23

In my country , I write personal information such as name, DOB, age, address, phone number and educational back ground, work experiences ,skills and qualifications. We also write the reason why we apply for the job. My most disliked part of CV in my country is I have to attach ID photo and to write age.

Submitted by In on Mon, 15/02/2021 - 06:08

In my cv, I talk about all my work history, studies, and personal details as what visa I have, contact details, etc. Then in my presentation letter, I talk a little bit about myself, skills, reasons why I think that I`m good for the position and why I would like to be part of the company.

Submitted by Leila77 on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 08:33

In a CV, I think we have to include some personal information as the names, the age, the address, the phone number, and the email. In addition, we have to mention our certificates, our experience, and our skills.

Submitted by Sara Kalafat on Fri, 05/02/2021 - 17:26

work experience, education, skills, awarded, references, and volunteering

Submitted by jeyceline on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 03:01

I think the CV have to include some points like your identity, your contact, your skills, the working experience, educational background and the certificate.

Submitted by German on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 01:10

I include in my CV information like my professional profile, degrees, work experience, courses. I include too language skills.

Submitted by marina_minsk2021 on Mon, 11/01/2021 - 08:01

In my CV I would include information about education, job experience and skills corresponding to the desired position. I would write about instructor's experience if I want to work as an instructor, and I would write about copywriter's and journalist's experience if I seek a job for writers.
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Submitted by Khin Yee Mon Khaing on Fri, 25/12/2020 - 04:55

My skills, qualifications, work experience, and personal information include my CV or resume.

Submitted by Soulma on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 20:36

In a CV, we should inculde professional information such as: educations, qualifications and experiences, and of course not forget to add some details like your hobbies and skills.

Submitted by Minh on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 18:15

I'm writing a letter let you know that I can't attend class for the next week. Because I had an accident and I hurt my back. Now I have to use medicine for two weeks, and I 've attached a copy from doctor's certification.

Submitted by Anhvu on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 15:53

If i write a résumé to apply a work. I will introduce all about myself. The first, my quatification is journalism. I have two years of experience in news. I want to candidate position of a social reporter. The second, for five years, i want to go to abroad to be a resident reporter. Best regards. AnhVu

Submitted by Raul_dmg on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 23:45

In my opinion, you have to introduce your self properly and explain which position you are applying for and where you saw the advertisement. Then, in order to get the recruiters´s attention, you should let Them Know why are you interested in the position and their company plus talk about your personal and professional skills by giving some examples about your achievements, otherwise they could think your are not being honest at all and reject you as a candidate. To Finish, I think would be a good idea if you thank the recruiters for reading and taking time to value your application.

Submitted by khalidait on Sat, 14/11/2020 - 13:43

Hi.MS lhadawiya i am writing in response to your job advertisement

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 14:32

In a resume, especially include name, father name, NRC number, date of birth, address, phone number, email address, education background and work experience.
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Submitted by danisep on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 23:07

To me the most important is the experiences. If you already have work for many years you have builded great skills and know how to treat with its colleges, your behavior and the ability to connect with others is very important too.

Submitted by Matt18 on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 12:03

I have sent a couple of job applications since I came in the UK. I sent emails to some charities and hospitals for applying a job as a volunteer. I have attached my CV with all of my experience and qualifications. I have mentioned to my abilities and skills, therefore I pointed out of sense of humor, hard working, communication skill, ability to work under pressure and organising my own workload.

Submitted by shironeiko on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 01:26

Some ideas are jump out of my mind such as: personal information characteristic bachelor's degree my experience about group-working, part time jobs, volunteer,.. regard to the subject
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Submitted by shelly on Fri, 21/08/2020 - 08:17

I am writing a resume for a new job application. The information in the CV includes: person information, such as name, address, email box education backgrand, certifation and qualitification working experience and skills my disposition and personality Among these factors, I personally think skills and personality is relatively important for an job application. When you have the ability that the position you are applying, you would have a big chance to get the oppotunity.

Submitted by Venus on Fri, 21/08/2020 - 07:47

In a CV, it is important to mention that why this position is suitable for you. Moreover, you need to include impressive education, skills as well as leadership skills and work experience.
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Submitted by shelly on Fri, 21/08/2020 - 04:35

I am writing a CV for a new jod, in the resume I wrote my education backgrand, the certification and qualification I got in the college, etc.. I think work experience and how many years you have been working is also quite important parts in the CV. The most importmant part maybe the HR want to learn is about your skill, if the skill you have is right for the position they are hiring, then you must be very luck, meanwhile the dispositon and personality is also an aspect the new company want to explore through your communication and your behavior.

Submitted by Rinaa on Sun, 16/08/2020 - 23:08

I'm writing in response to the job advertised on the ABC website for customer service position. I have three-year experience as customer service. The last year I have worked as a team leader, managing a team of 10 agents. I have good communication skills, the ability to work under the pressure, multitasking skills, and also I'm good at problem-solving. I have a master of Accounting and Finance from the University of Tirana, also I have knowledge about marketing and managing. I'm attaching my Cv and Letter recommendation with more information about my background and qualification My CV includes; Personal information Background qualification Degrees Skills Training and courses

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."

Submitted by Nanami Tsuchiya on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 04:13

I have a year of experience as part-time job worker in Japanese restaurant. I learned about social and communication in job. There is opportunity that communicate and encounter with various people. I through this I get good communication skill. I have a qualification is English practical examination second grade. I have studied abrod twice. First, I went to America for two weeks and studied at local high school with local student. Second, I went to New Zealand for two weeks and I studied English with Japanese friend. I was tought by local teacher. I through those experiences, I improve my English skill.