Pen knibMany job vacancies require you to send details of yourself to the prospective employer, which can be your CV or an application form, they also generally ask that you apply in writing or send in a cover letter.

This is not as daunting as it may seem and we have put together a selection of cover letter examples that can be download and adjusted for your own situation.

A cover letter may also be required even if you are sending in your application by email so we have also given some example email covering letters to accompany your CV.

When preparing your cover letter make sure that you read the job requirments so that you are able to make the best use of any particular skills or experience that you have. You will be competing for the job against other applicants so put yourself in the employers shoes and think about what will make your apllication stand out from others. Attention to detail always pays off.

Email Cover Letters

When sending or giving out your CV to any potential employer, or for any job vacancy, always send a covering letter as well.

Remember that first impressions count and your email message will be the first thing that they see from you, so make sure:

  • Spelling and grammar are correct – get help if needed
  • It is properly addressed to the person, or organisation
  • It is laid out as a formal letter
  • Let them know that you want to apply for the vacancy
  • Use any Job Reference given
  • Give the job title of the position you are applying for
  • Be polite, but also sound keen
  • Indicate if you have any skills or experience that is relevant to what they are looking for

Use your cover letter to sell yourself interest in the position to the employer, and hook their interest by mentioning any skills or experience that you have which is directly relevant to the job vacancy.

Here is some example wording…

To: johnjones12@bigwarehouse.com

Subject: Vacancy for Warehouse Manager ref: 1234GDJ

Dear John Jones, [use Dear Sirs if no contact name is given]

I would like to apply for the vacancy of Warehouse Manager job ref:1234GDJ as advertised on Universal Jobmatch.

I have over 10 years of experience in Warehouse Management that includes experience of refrigerated storage and just-in-time transportation and logistics, which I understand this vacancy requires.

I have provided a copy of my CV for your information, and this details my full work history, skills and qualifications.

I would be keen to work for your company and look forward to hearing back from you.

Regards

Joe Brown

Attachment: Joe Brown CV Jan 2103

Cover Letters

As we have stated above remember that first impressions count and your letter may be the first thing that they see from you, so make sure:

  • Spelling and grammar are correct – get help if needed
  • It is properly addressed to the person, or organisation
  • It is laid out as a formal letter
  • Let them know that you want to apply for the vacancy
  • Use any Job Reference given
  • Give the job title of the position you are applying for
  • Be polite, but also sound keen
  • Indicate if you have any skills or experience that is relevant to what they are looking for

Use your cover letter to sell yourself interest in the position to the employer, and hook their interest by mentioning any skills or experience that you have which is directly relevant to the job vacancy.

Example cover letter wording…

Mr J Jones
New Life Warehouse Ltd
6 Lever Street
Middleton
M24 4DF

Your Name
Your Address
Town and Post Code

Date:

Dear Mr Jones,

Vacancy for Warehouse Manager Vacancy (REF: 1234GDJ)

I am writing in response to your advertisement for the post of Warehouse Manager that has been posted on the Universal Jobmatch website.

I have enclosed my C.V. for your information and you will see from this that I have over ten years’ experience working in Warehouse management within the Rochdale area.  I also have experience of refrigerated storage and just-in-time logistics which I notice you have included in the proposed job description.

I have good organisational and communication skills and I am familiar and experienced with current I.T. systems and technology relevant to the proposed role.

All these things combined I feel that I would be well suited to this role, and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my application with you further.

I am available for interview at your convenience, and look forward to hearing back from you.

Yours sincerely,

Joe Brown

 

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