A covering email

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

Instructions

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

Tips

  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 Huynh Nguyen on Wed, 02/09/2020 - 12:07

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To: recruitment(at)sheraton.com From: Huynh Nguyen Subject: Recruitment Trainee Application Dear Ms Nhu, I am writing in response to your advertisement for recruitment trainee position. My name is Nguyen T.T Huynh, a junior student at Ton Duc Thang university (TDTU), majored in Hospitality Management. I surely aware of the knowledge that I gain in my school is just the tip of the iceberg. From that point, I hope to have a chance to learn about HR seriously and professionally. Beside my basic knowledge, I have taken the TOEIC and MOS exam, the score was over 700 and 800 respectively. I would very much like the opportunity to bring my enthusiasm to keep learning in order to prepare the best both knowledge and skills for my future when I graduate. Following initial research into your company, I would very much feel we will fit each other and really hope the opportunity to discuss this position with you in person. If you need further information, feel free to contact me via this email. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Huynh Nguyen

Dear Ms. Nhu,

I am excited to apply for the recruitment trainee position at your company and believe my skills and passion make me an ideal fit. As a junior student at Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) majoring in Hospitality Management, I am aware that the knowledge I have gained in school is just the tip of the iceberg. I am eager to learn about HR seriously and professionally and am confident that my strong scores on the TOEIC and MOS exams, which demonstrate my proficiency in English and computer skills, will make me a valuable asset to your team.

I have always been passionate about learning and have consistently sought out opportunities to further my knowledge and skills. For example, I have volunteered at a local HR firm and have completed several online courses in HR management. I am confident that my background in hospitality management and my strong communication and organizational skills make me well-suited for this position. I am also impressed by the values and mission of your company and believe I could make a meaningful contribution to your team.

I would be honored to have the opportunity to discuss this position with you in more detail and am available for an interview at your convenience. Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to join your team and contribute to your success.

Sincerely,
Huynh Nguyen

Here are a few suggestions for ways you could revise the text to make it even stronger:

Start with a more engaging opening sentence: Instead of "I am writing in response to your advertisement," you could try something like "I am excited to apply for the recruitment trainee position at your company and believe my skills and passion make me an ideal fit."

Emphasize your qualifications: You mentioned that you have taken the TOEIC and MOS exams, but you could add more detail to explain how these qualifications make you a strong candidate. For example, "I am confident that my strong scores on the TOEIC and MOS exams, which demonstrate my proficiency in English and computer skills, will make me a valuable asset to your team."

Add specific examples of your enthusiasm for learning: You mentioned that you are eager to learn about HR seriously and professionally, but it could be helpful to provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated this in the past. For example, "I have always been passionate about learning and have consistently sought out opportunities to further my knowledge and skills. For example, I have volunteered at a local HR firm and have completed several online courses in HR management."

Use confident language: It's great that you believe you and the company would be a good fit, but try to be more specific about why you think that. For example, "I am confident that my background in hospitality management and my strong communication and organizational skills make me well-suited for this position. I am also impressed by the values and mission of your company and believe I could make a meaningful contribution to your team."

Make a clear request for an interview: It's important to end your letter with a strong closing that makes it clear you are interested in pursuing the opportunity further. You could try something like "I would be honored to have the opportunity to discuss this position with you in more detail and am available for an interview at your convenience. Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to join your team and contribute to your success."

Submitted by senes19 on Mon, 31/08/2020 - 15:49

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Yes, I have some tips for writing a good email. Firstly, we should notice which one of jobs are suitable for us. And then while we are writing in response, we will draw attention about our abilities to comply with this job. In our statements, we should show that our current aims are overlapping in fact better than anyone else. Clarify and self confident are the most priotrise Them in the letter. And very briefly we will explain what will we achieve when we get the job.

Submitted by Mariapia on Mon, 17/08/2020 - 16:28

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To: recruitment @new-company.com From: Susan Nelson Subject: Digital Marketing Executive application Dear Ms Jones, I'm writing to you in response to your announcement that concerns a position like architect in your archlab society. My name is Mariapia Ross, I graduated from Politecnico di Milano two years ago then I did a master in structural solutions. From that point I started working as junior architect especially in the field of structural and exterior design, most of my job it's about helping other in structural problems even if I deal with external design with my team of associates . I'm quite sure that my experience and my skills are what you really need, I'm smart and my first skill is problem solving. I am enterprising and for that reason I use and juggle a lot of archi programs such as adobe ph, ai, id and also autocad, archicad, 3d studio. And I fell really confident using structural programs, in fact I think that our job together could be great. Following initial research on your company I feel a great connection and after knowing each other it could be even better. I really appreciate your work and I hope that you will give to me the opportunity of speak my mind in person. I enclose my Cv. I hope to hear from you, Yours sincerely. Mariapia Ross

Submitted by Dorji on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 13:45

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Dear sir, Iam mr.dorji writing to your good office for applying as assistant to director general which there is vacant post seen in your website on dated 2/5/2020. I have three years experiences as working with director general and i will be helping much better than previous assistant.iam sure I will be honest enough to work with director and my future will be more enjoyable if iam selected the given vacant post. With regards Dorji

Submitted by RZA on Fri, 29/05/2020 - 20:13

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Dear Mr. X, I am writing in response to your advertisement for a process engineer. My name is RZS, and I am a recent Chemical engineering graduate from SU. I have managed to graduate with first-class honours and developed several skills like problem-solving, persistence, pressure handling, and analytical thinking. Also, I am pretty good at simulation software like Aspen, Unisim, and DWISIM. I have always had a passion to work as a process engineer in an oil company like yours. I believe I have the skills to push your business forward through creativity and innovation. I would very much like the opportunity to both bring knowledge and enthusiasm to this position, whilst 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 with you in person. Please find attached my CV. I look forward to hearing from you. yours sincerely, RZA

Submitted by anneshirley on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 11:02

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Dear Ms. Hill, In response to your advertisement on company's website, I am writing this letter to you for the Software Test Engineer position. My name is Anne and I have been working as a Senior Software Test Engineer for 7 years. I believe that my work experience make me an ideal candidate for the job. My professional experience includes analyzing the business requirements, creating test strategies, and executing tests to identify bugs in new software and create and maintain automation packs for the same. In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have leadership experience and a passion for software testing. With my educational background and my attention to detail and performance, I am in an excellent position to help your organization to produce top-quality software products. I've attached my resume, which further details my skills and education. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about my background. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you further; thank you for your time and consideration. Best regards, Anne Shirley

Submitted by stanlee on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 08:47

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Dear Susan Jones, I'm writing to apply for the Software Team Leader position at ABC Software. My name is Stan Lee and i have more than 5 years experience working as software developer. My professional expertise aligns perfectly with the requirements of this position in your company. My duties at XYZ Software include couching junior developers, reviewing others' code and developing most challenging tasks. I'm experienced in various technology in e-commerce domain and i'm open to learn new ones. I believe ABC Software will keep its great success for many years to come and my expertise will help ensure company goals succeed well in the future. Several years that i spent in the software development have prepared me for such an opportunity and i assure you that i'll be one of tthe key part of your technology team. I would like to discuss my experience and skillset how fit this job in a personal interview. Thank you for taking your time and I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Regards, Stan Lee