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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

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.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Yes, I do. Here they are some of my tips for writing a covering email:
1) Write who you are a the introduction part
2) Write the position you're applying to
3) Tell them where or how you found the opening position in that company
4) Write the title and job ID number
5) State a brief summary of qualifications or your interests in the job position
6) Discuss you qualifications and achievements which show why you are a good fit for the position. Remember you want to stand up from a hundred of other candidates who are applying for the job position too
7) Mention a few examples of quantifiable or measurable achievements in your career
8) Use compelling language and don't repeat the information in your resume
9) Try to bring your resume to life
10) Close it out by saying you're a good fit based in your qualifications
11) Remember to include a call to action
12) Ask them to give you a call and schedule an interview
13) Thank them for taking the time out to consider you for the job position

these are formal types of email, therefore, it is better to follow its structural, writing, and spelling principles. We first introduce ourselves. Then we say the position that we want to apply, our expressions, and abilities. We express the plans that we have for it. Finally, we finish the email politely. We must make sure that our sentences are concise and useful. if it is needed, we attach files.

No, I don't have any advice, at the moment I am practicing my writing in English about mail, it is a bit hard.

Haha I wrote look instead of luck.

I've started to look for a new job and I need to say that writing cover letters is one on the most scariest things in the process because I'm trying to change my professional path and also because I never wrote one, so all your tips are being very helpful. Wish me look!

Being secure about your abilities and the things that you can offer is very important in this type of emails.

I think that in important that you write your achievements in others works like the development of a plan or a project that was important for your former company

Hi! My main tip is to personalize your CV and a covering letter for a desired vacancy!

If we do not know the name of the person for the hiring company it would be better to say as "Dear Sir/Madam,"and
To add at least three references could be recommended.

The only tip that I can give for writing a good covering email is to be confident and express it to the employer in the application.