Applications, cover letters


Explain clearly which post/job you are applying for and, if you are responding to an advertisement, say where you saw it and when. Give all the necessary information about yourself, including age, qualifications, past employment, relevant experience and any special hobbies or interests, and explain why you are particularly interested in this post. Use a new paragraph for each main topic. It's also helpful to say when you would be available to attend an interview.


I am interested in applying for the post of... which was advertised in ‘The Globe' on 22nd September.
My reason for applying is that I would like to broaden my experience and also ...

I was interested to see your advertisement in today`s Daily Telegraph and would like to be considered for this post.

I would like to apply for the post of Management Trainee in your Data Processing Department advertised today in The Daily Post.

A copy of my CV is enclosed with copies of previous testimonials.

I hope to hear from you soon and to be given the opportunity to present myself at an interview.

I am able to attend an interview at any time and hope to hear from you soon.

I shall be pleased to provide any further information you may need and hope I may be given the opportunity of an interview.

I hope that you will take up these references and grant me the opportunity of an interview.

I would be able to attend an interview at any time which is convenient to you.


527 West Ave.
Elmswood, CT 23865

October 28, 2004

Mr. Michael Black
Directory of Human Resources
Global Answers
6542 Sioux Falls, NY

Dear Mr. Black

It is with great interest that I am applying for the position of chief accountant. When I read the job description in your ad on the New York Times on August 12th, I felt that it was an ideal match with my career aspirations. I have always wanted to work for a Fortune 500 company such as Global Answers.

I believe that I am the ideal candidate for the position due to my extensive experience as an auditor for KPMG. At my current position at KPMG, I perform all of the same tasks that are described in your ad for the chief accountant position. In addition to that I have a reputation for being a hard worker who makes sure the job is done right the first time. My reports are always completed well ahead of the deadline.

Feel free to contact me and setup an interview at your earliest convenience. You can reach me by way of e-mail at or by way of phone at (555) 555-5555. I look forward to discussing with you my future with Global Answers. Thanks for your time and consideration.


Ken Jacobs

Enclosure: resume



12 Clover Way



The Recruitment Officer

Partington Borough Council



M31 4FY


12 May 2008


Dear Sir / Madam

Vacancy for Social Worker (Children’s Services), Partington Borough Council


I am writing in reply to your advert for the above post, which appeared in The Guardian on 9 May 2008, and I attach my CV for your attention.

As you will see from my CV, I am currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Social Work at Thames University, Swindon, and will be graduating in June 2008. Successful completion of this degree will give me fully qualified social worker status with the GSCC. As an experienced primary school teacher I have a real enthusiasm and flair for working with children and wish to transfer the interpersonal, communication, and motivational skills that I gained in my teaching posts to a new career in social work. In addition, I have a long-standing interest in developing children’s potential with regard to sporting activities, and am currently the manager of an under-11s football team.

I feel that as a social worker, I can make a real difference to the lives of the children and families of your area; I would also welcome the chance to work for a local authority such as your own, where I would be part of a small and committed team. One of my work placements during my degree course was with a local authority of a similar size, so I am familiar with working in this type of environment.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully

Charles Morton



Explain clearly what you are applying for, where you heard about it and, if appropriate, who you represent. Give all the necessary information about your application, explaining how you intend to use the opportunity/money, what you hope to achieve, and why this is important or worthwhile.


I am interested in applying for the scholarship which was advertised/mentioned in an article in last week's 'Globe on Sunday'.

I am writing in order to apply for the grant I learnt about from my tutor/the college notice board.

The reason for my application is that this grant/scholarship would enable me to gain valuable practical experience.