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 victguevara on Sat, 22/04/2023 - 23:57


The covering e-mail has to be very brief and powerful which shows your experience and availability for the position and allows the employer to wish for the job.

Submitted by bekky on Fri, 14/04/2023 - 17:43


Dear John,
I am writing in response to your company’s advert for the position of Health Care Administrative Officer. My name is Stone White and i am a front desk officer . I have occupied the post for the past three years and i believe am the right candidate for this post.

Most of my duties entails planning Outpatients visiting layout, relating with the health care providers and Pharmaceutical companies.

I have worked in the healthcare sector and am familiar with the work environment. I am always excited meeting people everyday at different platforms, initiating aerobic remedy for clients with ailing health.

I am proficient in the use of Microsoft Office tools, this has made my skills appealing to clients of high reputation.

Showcasing my interpersonal developmental skills, experience and channeling them to fit into the company’s goal would be my uttermost joy.

Subsequent to my previous research, i found out your company is a wonderful workplace that motivates its staffs for international educational advancement and i would love to be a part of your organization staff. I would be highly pleased to speak at lenght further in an interview and to start work soon.

Please find attached my CV.

I await your kind response.

Yours Sincerely,

Stone White.

Submitted by Al-Shakaa on Wed, 08/03/2023 - 12:54


I just submit a cover letter for a position

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to apply for the position of Humanitarian Affairs Officer, as advertised recently on UNDP Jobs website. I am applying for this post because I firmly believe that a combination of my natural ability, personality and work experience qualifies me as an outstanding candidate for the position. As a talented and experienced individual I am intimately familiar with key competencies of the position

In my role with UNDP and FAO, I provide ongoing technical support to all our local partners in the field and participate in their capacity building. In addition, I contribute in the monitoring of partners’ performance, conducting field visits and reviewing their substantive, operational, and financial reports.

Working for FAO, UNDP, Save the Children and the World Bank for almost 14 years provided me with solid experience on Humanitarian and Emergencies issues/ concerns in Yemen. I maintain a network of local contacts among key stakeholders, including non-government authorities and the humanitarian community in all governorates I worked in. I contribute to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications. I provide technical guidance and operational support and assist operational partners and other stakeholders of the projects in the implementation of their activities.
I believe that my experience matches the position, and I could add a great contribution to it. I have learned a lot and contributed to noticeable positive changes in Save the Children, World Bank, UNDP and FAO in Programming field, therefore I would like to apply all my learning and experience and enhance my capacity in working with different contexts with an outstanding organization like OCHA.

Further details of my accomplishments and achievements are contained in my attached resume. I am available for interview at any time and can start work at short notice. Thank you for the time you have taken to consider my application, and I eagerly look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Mohammed Saleh Al-Shakaa

Submitted by jairsaldivar on Tue, 07/03/2023 - 14:16


To: recruitment(at)new-company.com
From: Y Y Subject: Tax Manager application

Dear Ms X, I'm writing in response to your advertisement for a Tax Manager.

My name is Y Y and I'm Tax Senior Specialist. I am studying an International & European Taxation master degree in ZZZ, ZZ, where I live currently, I have had working in Taxes the past 10 years.

I am in charge of a two person team and these are my responsibilities:
- Mexican tax compliance
-Deferred tax
-Tax forecast
-Tax planning
- Tax authority and accounting firm audits
-Tax refunds
- Tax accounts administration

I would like to have the opportunity to discuss my abilities and how they can fit with the position.

Please find attached my CV.

Best regards, Y Y

Submitted by inaki07 on Thu, 23/02/2023 - 16:32


Actually a good covering email should be formal and must include the applicant current role and relevant skills, Moreover applicant must radiate their confidence and interest for the job in their writing. Make sure to attached CV.

Submitted by Rita25 on Mon, 24/10/2022 - 02:11


Actually a good covering email should be formal and must include the applicant current role and relevant skills, Moreover applicant must radiate their confidence and interest for the job in their writing. Make sure to attached CV.

From: Grace
To: ABC English Academy
Subject: Part time Teacher Application

Dear Mr. Kim

I am writing in response to your advertisement for a Part time teacher.My name is Grace Lee, I am a current student in SouthVille University, I believe I would fit the job description. I major in English and have a prior tutoring experience.

I've been tutoring a group of 2nd grader students for nearly a year, I design lesson plan and activity sheets for my students. I work alongside with my students and open to their suggestions and ideas.

I've always love teachinng. It is my passion and pretty much enjoy the job. I would like the opportunity to both bring my enthusiasm and experience to this role while continuing to develop personally and professionally.

Following intial research into your company, I believe I would be great asset to your company. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the position with you in person.

Please see attached CV.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Submitted by Zeynep2005 on Sat, 03/09/2022 - 17:07


Dear Mr..

I am writing in response to your advertisment …. My name is Zeynep Emsiz and I currently work at this …., in which I have the function of…. I am a student and study ….

I am determined my education will bring your company great succes and I will be suitable for the job. This mainly is based on the personal and particular skills one is ought to know. For example, in the workplace when this occasion happens …., I learned how to act in the fast and most efficient possible way.

Even though I am a full student, I have worked in diverious work places, such as the GMR VO. I had the function of student leader and helped with many experiments, such as the MR Acadmia. Furthermore, I want to acknowledge you of the fact I had an administrative fucntion in a maternity nurse company. At least I voluntarily worked with children as a mentor tutor. All these experiences connect with the function as ‘administrative assistent’.

I hope to have informed you well enough. I am accesible at any time.

I am pleased to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Zeynep Emsiz

There are a few errors in the sample text:

"advertisment" should be spelled "advertisement"
"succes" should be spelled "success"
"one is ought to know" is awkward and could be rephrased as "necessary for the job"
"diverious" should be spelled "various"
"MR Acadmia" is unclear and should be clarified or rephrased
"fucntion" should be spelled "function"
"at least" should be "also" or "in addition"
"as a mentor tutor" is awkward and could be rephrased as "as a mentor and tutor"
"accesible" should be spelled "accessible"
"hearing from you" should be "hearing from you soon" or "looking forward to hearing from you"

Submitted by Chamila Kariyawasam on Mon, 08/08/2022 - 11:33


Dear Human Resources Manager,
I am writing in response to your advertisement for a Civil Engineer published on the ABC website.
I am a qualified Civil Engineer, and my qualification has been assessed by engineers Australia. I have more than 20 years of experience in the field of engineering, specialising in Road network Planning and management in Australia and overseas. By next year, I would have been working for CBH Australia, which is the largest state government agency responsible for the state road network. I am very confident that my knowledge and experience in the field of the road sector would be a valuable asset to your organisation. I have enclosed my CV for your reference, and you can reach me at any time on my mobile or email to discuss any further queries you may have. Kind Regards, Chami

Submitted by mariab12 on Thu, 21/07/2022 - 23:41


I've been writing a bunch of cover letter the past days...
Introduce yourself and explain which position are you applying for, talk about your past experiencie and how it would be useful for their company. Be formal and fiendly. Finish with a Call to Action😊