you can use when
applying for a job
CV should always be accompanied by a covering letter because the
two together form your 'marketing package'. The covering letter
must expand on skills, abilities and experience which make you
particularly suitable for the post for which you are applying. We
have included two examples of covering letters. One is appropriate
to send with an application form
(Part One, three examples)
and the other is for a speculative application
(Part Two, two examples)
of all remember this:
Design your covering
letter for one side of A4 paper.
Do not simply repeat
information from your CV.
Be positive because this
is your sales pitch and your best promotion.
Handwritten or typed covering letters are both
acceptable, but never photocopy a covering
COVERING LETTER # 1: Application for a known vacancy
Madison Home Foundation,
325 Madison Avenue, New York, 14124.
Officer, Job Reference No. 2315
am enclosing my CV in response to your advertisement for the above
position which appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 10th March,
you will see I have recently graduated from the Kenton University
with an Honours degree in Psychology. I have been studying
part-time for the last six years, as well as working full-time as
a Care Assistant and running a home. I feel that this demonstrates
my ability to maintain dedication, motivation and enthusiasm for a
project over a long period of time. In addition, balancing
full-time work with study has perfected my time-management and
organisational skills. I consider that the study of Psychology is
particularly appropriate for the above position, particularly the
course on Child Development which explored the personal, social
and emotional development of children.
current job as a Care Assistant, working in a residential home
with young people with special needs, has given me an insight into
the value of work with teenagers, and has underlined my
determination to work with this age group. In addition, my
voluntary work with the Everett Project, when I organised some
sporting competitions during the residential week at a holiday
camp for young offenders, has reassured me that I am able to make
a significant contribution in this particular area.
would find the post of Development Officer very worthwhile and
challenging, and I do hope that you will look favourably at my
application. I look forward to hearing from you.
COVERING LETTER # 2: Application for a known vacancy
Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue,
1014 Fifth Avenue, New York, 11025.
I have recently completed a Modern Languages degree at the Florida
University, and would like you to consider my application for the
Personnel Management position advertised in today's Times.
the past two years I have looked at a range of management options.
Based on attendance at several careers fairs, I have decided that
Personnel is the management function that I wish to enter. While
management has not been a formal part of my degree, the range of
work experience has given me a solid skills base. As I believe you
will see from my CV I have strong evidence to show that my
communication and organization skills are well developed.
enclose my CV outlining my experience to date and key skill areas
which I believe are relevant to this position. I would welcome the
opportunity to discuss my application with you and look forward to
hearing from you.
COVERING LETTER # 3: Application for a known vacancy
AMERICAN PARCEL SERVICE
3425, Loman St.
Paddington, Los Angeles, 72315.
letter is in reference to your ad requesting a Accounting
Administrative, position for which I am particularly interested
and believe to be fully qualified.
In that sense, in Kimberley United Co., as an assistant to the
Director and the Commercial Manager of a Strategic Business Unit,
I could develop an interesting activity which included the edition
reports, interactive presentations for the Board,
survey reports, accounting procedure manuals and everyday
mailing to customers and suppliers.
the last five years, I conducted the operative sales group.
working style is characterized by a high degree of confiability
and confidentiality and by the use of demanding quality standards,
emphasizing planning and monitoring of the areas under control.
My team working skills allow me to easily integrate with
peers, managers and staff, being in adition very adaptable to
I would welcome the opportunity for a personal meeting to further
discuss how my qualifications can best suit your needs.
Looking forward to hearing from you, I attach a more detailed
summary of my background.
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