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Cover letters are the first chance you have to impress an employer – they’re not just a protective jacket for your CV. Here’s our guide on what to include and how to format them
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The first thing a potential employer sees in your job application is the cover letter. This doesn’t just support your CV – it’s an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd and persuade the recruiter to put you through to the next round.
Be wary of spending hours on perfecting your CV at the expense of your cover letter. If you need some inspiration on what to include and what format to use, here are our helpful guides – just remember not to copy them as exact templates.
1. Standard, conservative style
This is ideal for sectors such as business, law, accountancy and retail. For more creative sectors, a letter like this might be less appealing, and could work against you.
Dear Mr Black, Please find enclosed my CV in application for the post advertised in the Guardian on 30 November. The nature of my degree course has prepared me for this position. It involved a great deal of independent research, requiring initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills. For one course, [insert course], an understanding of the [insert sector] industry was essential. I found this subject very stimulating. I am a fast and accurate writer, with a keen eye for detail and I should be very grateful for the opportunity to progress to market reporting. I am able to take on the responsibility of this position immediately, and have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of it. Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Yours sincerely
2. Standard speculative letter
This may vary according to the nature of the organisation and the industry you’re applying to.
Dear Mr Brown, I am writing to enquire if you have any vacancies in your company. I enclose my CV for your information. As you can see, I have had extensive vacation work experience in office environments, the retail sector and service industries, giving me varied skills and the ability to work with many different types of people. I believe I could fit easily into your team. I am a conscientious person who works hard and pays attention to detail. I’m flexible, quick to pick up new skills and eager to learn from others. I also have lots of ideas and enthusiasm. I’m keen to work for a company with a great reputation and high profile like [insert company name]. I have excellent references and would be delighted to discuss any possible vacancy with you at your convenience. In case you do not have any suitable openings at the moment, I would be grateful if you would keep my CV on file for any future possibilities. Yours sincerely
3. Letter for creative jobs
We’ve used the example of a copywriter but you can adapt it for your profession. The aim of a creative letter is to be original and show you have imagination, but understand what the job entails. Balance is essential: don’t be too wacky, or it will turn off the reader.
Dear Ms Green, · Confused by commas? · Puzzled by parenthesis? · Stumped by spelling? · Perturbed by punctuation? · Annoyed at the apostrophe? (And alliteration?) Well, you’re not alone. It seems that fewer and fewer people can write. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who can read. So they’ll spot a gaffe from a mile off. And that means it’s a false economy, unless you’re 100% sure of yourself, to write your own materials. (Or to let clients do it for themselves.) To have materials properly copywritten is, when one considers the whole process of publishing materials and the impact that the client wishes to make, a minor expense. Sloppiness loses clients, loses customers. There is an answer. Me. Firm quotes are free. You can see some of what I do on my multilingual website at [insert web address]. If you’d like, I can get some samples out to you within 24 hours. And, if you use me, you’ll have some sort of guarantee that you can sleep soundly as those tens of thousands of copies are rolling off the presses. Luck shouldn’t come into it! With kindest regards
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How to write a cover letter.
A cover letter introduces you to an employer and asks them to think about your application.
It’s a short letter, usually 3 to 5 paragraphs long.
When to include a cover letter
You should always include a cover letter when you apply for a job using a CV.
You can write it as an email if you’re applying online or print a copy to go with a paper application.
When writing a cover letter, let the employer know you’re keen by showing that you’ve researched the company. Learn more about what they do through:
- their website
- recent news articles
- talking to people you know who work there
Send it to the right person
It's important to try to address your cover letter to someone by name. Check you have the details of the person you need to send it to.
You'll need their name and preferred title. For example, ‘Dr’, ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’, ‘Ms’, and their job title. You should also make sure you have the right company name and address, including postcode.
If you do not know their name
If the job advert does not include a name you can check the company website. Try to find details of the head of the department, head of human resources or a recruitment manager.
If you still cannot find a name, you can start your letter with ‘Dear Sir or Madam’.
Introduce yourself and explain how you found the advertised job. You can mention the job title, and reference number if there is one.
If you’re asking about any job openings and not applying to a vacancy, tell them what sort of job you’re looking for. Let the employer see how keen you are to work for them.
Show you're right for the job
Highlight the skills and experience you have that match what the employer is looking for.
Convince them that you're enthusiastic about working for them. Let them know you share their work values, culture and style.
Give extra information
If you have gaps in your employment history, you could talk about the skills you gained while you were out of work.
If you’ve mentioned on your CV that you have a disability, you might want to talk more about this in your cover letter. Organisations like Disability UK can give you advice on how to do this. You do not have to mention your disability at this stage if you prefer not to.
You can get more help with specialist advice on finding work if you have a disability.
Ending your cover letter
Thank the employer for considering your application. Let them know that they can get more details from your CV, and tell them you're looking forward to hearing from them.
Let them know how they can best contact you. Make sure your contact details are correct on both your cover letter and CV.
Yours sincerely or yours faithfully
If you know the name of the person you’re writing to, you should end the letter with ‘Yours sincerely’.
If you’ve addressed the letter ‘Dear Sir or Madam’, you should end the letter with ‘Yours faithfully’.
Tips for writing a cover letter
When writing your cover letter, remember to:
- write a new one for every job you apply for and make sure it’s tailored to the company and the specific role
- use the same font and size as you do for your CV, so it looks consistent
- make sure the company name and recruiter’s details are correct
- use the right language and tone: keep it professional and match the keywords used by the employer in their job advert
- show you’ve done your research into the job and the company
- highlight your most relevant skills and experience to stand out from other applicants
- back up any statements you make with facts and use the STAR method
- double check spelling and grammar before you send it
- keep a copy of your cover letter as they may ask you about it in an interview
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Still struggling with your cover letter?
Whether you’ve written hundreds of cover letters before, or it’s your first time putting one together, knowing how to get started can often feel like a challenge. Especially when it comes to matching your current career path and experience level.
To help give you some structure, here are some cover letter examples that might inspire you:
Basic cover letter example
If you’ve never written a cover letter before, it’s a good idea to start out simple.
Open by saying where you found the role, and give a quick summary of the job you’re applying for. Then move on to cover your main motivations for applying, as well as what makes you stand out from other applicants.
As with your CV, try and keep things clear and concise. We’d suggest writing around half a side of A4 should do it.
And always make sure you’ve done your research. Your cover letter is the perfect place to showcase your skills – but always match them to the job description, as well as including what you know about the company.
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Recent graduate cover letter example
If you’ve recently finished uni, your cover letter might look a little different.
Although you’ll want to maintain a similar structure as above, you won’t necessarily have the previous experience to help back up your skills.
In other words, it’s time to make the most of your degree.
Good things to include range from your degree classification, through to details of specific modules that may relate to the role. You could also include more information about your dissertation and extracurricular activities.
The important thing to remember is that your cover letter is another opportunity for you to stand out from other graduates – have this in mind when you’re putting yours together.
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Career break cover letter example
When it comes to explaining a gap in your CV, your cover letter is your best friend.
It’s the only place in your application you could actually expand on your reasons for taking a break. Which could help to put a potential employer’s mind at rest, if they were worried about your commitment to the role.
Of course, you don’t need to address the gap at all, if you aren’t comfortable doing so. But even just one or two lines could really help your application land. Not to mention make a big difference when it comes to your confidence levels.
Just be mindful of your tone. It should never be apologetic; it should always be positive. And always explain why you see this as the perfect role for you to return to work.
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Redundancy cover letter example
Recently been made redundant, and not sure how to approach the subject? Your cover letter can help.
Again, you don’t have to dwell on the reasons for too long. Instead, provide a brief description of the reason you were let go (e.g. due to company downsizing, restructuring, closure etc.). Then place precedence back on the positives.
Focusing on your performance during your previous position in this section is a great way to reinforce your credentials (regardless of the reason for redundancy), but references to your academic career can also be used here.
Remember: many people have faced redundancy in their careers, and bounced straight back. Your recruiter will probably have worked with many similar individuals in their time, so never feel embarrassed to be up-front-and honest about the situation yourself.
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Career change cover letter example
Career changers are another group who could really benefit from a well-written cover letter.
It’s the perfect opportunity for you to focus on your transferable skills, and add some valuable context to your CV – which may be necessary if your experience levels in a similar role are fairly limited.
As with all cover letters, use the job description to help inform what you write. You’ve got a ready-made list of skills they’re looking for in their ideal candidate. Your job is to make sure they come across.
You’ll also want to briefly describe the reason you’ve decided to change careers. Again, just a few sentences will do here, but they could really help to explain why you want to work in a new industry.
Spoiler alert: the role you’re applying for is the main reason.
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Other cover letter samples
The examples above will help give you a good idea on how to structure your cover letter. But they aren’t the only options.
Other cover letter samples you could look at include a cover letter template for school leavers , focussing more on academic achievements, and a cover letter template for part-time work .
However, it’s important to remember that these templates are only intended to be a starting point. To write a really effective cover letter, you’ll need to tailor what you write to your own strengths, as well as to the role you’re applying for.
Remember: you can always use cover letter examples for inspiration. But copy & paste should not be your friend here.
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Other areas of cover letter help we have on offer include how to overcome common cover letter problems and five things you need to stop doing on your cover letter .
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Sample cover letter
Cover letters add context to your CV and when used correctly are a great way to convince employers that you're the right fit for the job. Basic cover letters are most commonly used so take a look at our sample cover letter to help get you started
A cover letter demonstrates to recruiters how well you express yourself so you need to make sure that you don't just repeat your CV or give rambling explanations. Instead use this opportunity to focus on your skills and experience, saving your qualifications for your CV.
The basic cover letter structure covers:
- why you’re writing the letter
- why you think you’re suitable for the job (with examples)
- relevant skills and experience
- summary of your interest in the role.
You should double check what you've written as spelling mistakes or lack of attention to detail will put your cover letter straight on the no pile.
Please be aware that this is an example. Use this cover letter template to help generate ideas and structure your own document but avoid copying and pasting. Your cover letter needs to be original and tailored to the job you're applying for.
Avril Lee 115 My Street Mytown WX55 1CQ [email protected] 07777999888
Harry Smith Graduate HR director Big Company Ltd Woodcotes Business Park The Midlands MX9 6PQ
15th April 2021
Dear Mr Smith
Re: Logistics graduate scheme
I would like to apply for the logistics track of your graduate training scheme, advertised on the Prospects.ac.uk website. As requested, I am enclosing my CV.
I am in the final year of my geography degree, expecting a 2:1. Always intending to have a career in business, I have taken modules on the geography of business and GIS modelling. My final-year dissertation is on changing patterns in retail. During my degree, I have developed my analytical skills and ability to read, manage and present data. I have also become familiar with a range of business intelligence sources.
As you can see from my CV I have experience in:
- Retail - moving from shelf stacker to checkout operator to team leader in my two years with Fresh Foods. I contributed to the store consistently being in the top five for the region by providing excellent customer service.
- Warehouse operations - picking and packing to meet targets over the busy Christmas period.
I have also:
- Worked in and led teams at Fresh Foods, on course projects and in sports.
- Communicated with colleagues at all levels in retail and warehousing.
- Solved problems as a team leader, ensuring staff cover and dealing with customer complaints.
- Worked flexibly doing both early and late shifts and covering for absence, sometimes at short notice.
- Managed my time when combining study with work and sport.
My semester in Germany exposed me to a different culture and improved my language skills. In addition, my voluntary work with young people has increased my resilience and ability to mix with people from all walks of life.
I look forward to hearing from you.
(Sign your name here)
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Good Cover Letter Examples for UK Jobs in 2023
A good cover letter highlights your skills and convinces employers to interview you. We provide six great cover letter examples below, each one written for different situations or industries.
Writing a cover letter (also known as a job application letter or covering letter) is required when you apply for most jobs.
The cover letter examples below can give you ideas of how to write your own cover letter — no matter what sector of the economy you want to work in or your level of work experience.
Whether you need a situation-specific cover letter or just want to learn about cover letter formatting, we have the perfect examples for you.
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What to include in a cover letter
- Types of cover letters
- Cover letters examples by industry
- Frequently asked questions
Here’s what to include in a good cover letter to make the best first impression:
- Salutation : a greeting to a specific person. If you can’t find a specific person, then simply use ‘Dear [Team] Director.’
- Introduction : a summary of who you are, what role you’re applying for, how you found the position, and what your most notable work experience is.
- Body paragraphs : Two paragraphs detailing your relevant experience, accomplishments, and skills — explaining why your experience qualifies you for the job.
- Closing paragraph : a paragraph thanking the employer for their time and urging them to invite you in for an interview.
Here’s a cover letter template you can use to learn how to write your cover letter professionally:
A good copy-and-paste cover letter example
Dear [Mr/Ms/Mx] [Recruiting Manager’s Name],
Opening Paragraph (Introduction)
Your cover letter opening should contain a self introduction. Write about who you are, where your expertise lies, where you found the job posting, and why you want to apply for the job.
Your cover letter’s second and third paragraphs (it’s up to you how many paragraphs to use) should respond directly to the job description. Describe how your previous job experiences, skills, and abilities will help you meet the company’s needs. To make that easier, you should include exact words and phrases from the job descriptions in your cover letter.
- You can include a bulleted list of your accomplishments
- Make sure to use numbers or percentages to emphasise your bullet points (e.g. Increased online revenue by 13%)
Research the company and find out what their current activities and goals are. Explain how you can help them achieve those goals.
Your cover letter’s closing paragraph is the call-to-action portion of your cover letter. Inform the hiring manager that you’d love to go in for an interview. Provide your email address or other contact information. Thank them for spending their time reading your cover letter.
Types of cover letters (6 examples)
Here are six common types of cover letters:
1. Standard cover letter example
This standard cover letter was written by a mid-level candidate applying for a business analyst position.
What makes this cover letter a good general example is that it uses a traditional cover letter format that you can easily follow no matter your industry. Within the first paragraph, the candidate:
- addresses the HR manager by name
- establishes where they found the job
- highlights some of their relevant experience
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What makes this cover letter good
This cover letter is formal , to-the-point, and full of details .
Within the first couple of paragraphs, the candidate summarises their interest in the position and explains how their experience makes them a great fit.
Then, they mention a specific need that the company has and explain how their experience fills that need . Pointing back to the job advert shows the employer they’re passionate about the position and have the skills they’re looking for.
To follow up, the candidate highlights some impressive accomplishments , all backed up with hard numbers. This cover letter makes it clear what the candidate is capable of as a professional.
Finally, the applicant ends with a polite call to action, urging the employer to contact them for an interview.
Although this cover letter was written by a business analyst, the tone and format work well in nearly any industry, making it a good example of a general cover letter.
2. Career change cover letter example
Changing careers is intimidating. However, a well-written cover letter is perfect at highlighting the transferable skills you have and makes the process less of a challenge while showing employers why they should consider you.
This cover letter for a career change demonstrates how to effectively apply for a job in a new field. It features three key elements that should be included in any cover letter for a career change :
- a show of passion for the new career
- examples of transferable skills
- evidence of commitment to your work
This cover letter works well because it’s honest and direct . The candidate starts by explaining their passion for social media and why they want to apply that passion to a professional role.
Additionally, they state that they’re suited for a career in social media management without any negativity about their current career in accounting. Most employers value candidates with a positive attitude, so never complain about your current job (even if you really don’t like it) in a career change cover letter.
Finally, the candidate proves their commitment to their desired career path by mentioning that they’ve completed an independent study programme to help them develop relevant skills.
The independence shows the employer that the candidate is self-motivated and has already put in the time and effort to build a successful career in social media, even without having studied social media.
3. Short cover letter example
With so many applicants to evaluate, a lengthy, waffling cover letter can lose the attention of HR managers.
A short but effective cover letter packed full of information about your experience is the perfect way to get (and keep) their attention.
The following concise cover letter example was written by a professional driver with four years of experience. In just six short sentences, they clearly communicate their experience and qualifications.
This cover letter may be short, but it contains a lot of valuable information.
In the opening, the candidate summarises their work experience and notes they’re familiar with the company they’re writing to, which indicates their interest in the sector.
Then, the candidate wastes no time highlighting some of their most impressive accomplishments as a driver.
Finally, they request an interview and list their contact information.
Ultimately, this candidate includes everything needed in a cover letter while maintaining a digestible length .
4. Speculative cover letter example
Writing a speculative cover letter is a great way to formally ask about job opportunities at companies you’d love to work for but that aren’t currently advertising open positions.
Done well, a speculative cover letter shows employers you’re willing to do anything to build a career at their company — a level of motivation they’re not used to seeing while hiring.
This speculative cover letter example was written by a recent university graduate looking to start a career with a popular recording studio. From the start, they state what kind of role they’re looking for and showcase their relevant skills:
The letter starts off by highlighting that the candidate is passionate about working for Westerfeld Recording because they’re a fan of their music. The candidate then explains what kind of positions they’d be interested in taking (in this case, any and all).
Communicating your range of skills is essential when writing a speculative cover letter because you need to show your skill set is flexible enough that you could fit into any role.
5. Creative cover letter example
In some situations, writing a creative cover letter is an effective way to stand out from other applicants and leave a lasting impression on employers.
This humorous cover letter example was written by an experienced candidate applying for a role at a popular podcast.
Right from the introduction, their unconventional tone and humour grab the reader’s attention. Then, they outline their experience and qualifications.
This cover letter is effective because it balances professionalism with a personable tone.
Adding some personality to your cover letter is a great way to stand out from the competition and present yourself as likeable and creative. Additionally, it helps your application leave a lasting impression on the employer (just make sure it’s a positive one).
And although a creative flourish can be a nice addition to a cover letter, it’s also important to focus on its substance and to maintain professionalism. This cover letter effectively achieves both goals.
After a unique introduction, the candidate immediately provides a series of brief, impressive examples of their relevant skills and accomplishments to prove they have the necessary hard skills to handle the work .
This style of cover letter is only appropriate when applying to companies with a casual office culture. If you’re applying for work in a formal corporate environment, it’s best to keep your tone buttoned up so employers take your application seriously.
6. Email cover letter example
It’s much more common today to send cover letters by email rather than through Royal Mail.
One option to do just that is to attach your formal cover letter to your email cover letter as a PDF or Microsoft Word document.
Another option is to write your cover letter directly into the body of your email, which saves the recruiting manager having to redownload an attachment each time they refer to it.
The writer of this email cover letter has written an effective document that makes life as easy for the recruiting manager as possible.
For a start, the writer uses a descriptive subject line with their name and the reason why they’re writing to help the recruiting manager organise their inbox.
They’ve also addressed their cover letter to a contact person by name, which reassures the recruiting manager that this email is important and not spam.
In terms of content, the writer describes their long experience and achievements, and shortlists a handful of their key skills .
They’ve also attached their CV so that all of the application documents requested by the company are immediately accessible.
Cover letter examples by industry
Looking for a cover letter sample for your industry? Here’s a list of cover letter examples for different roles. Simply click on the field you work in to see all of our cover letter examples:
Administration & office support
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Business & professional services
- Architecture cover letter
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- Consulting cover letter
- Goldman Sachs cover letter
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Creative & design
- Graphic designer cover letter
- PR cover letter
Customer support & retail
- Lidl cover letter
- Retail cover letter
- Team leader cover letter
- Teacher cover letter
- Teaching assistant cover letter
Engineering & skilled trades
- Engineering cover letter
Food & hospitality
- Hospitality cover letter
- Waiter/waitress cover letter
Health & social care
- Doctor cover letter
- Nursing cover letter
- Personal trainer cover letter
IT & marketing
- Marketing cover letter
News & media
- Journalism cover letter
Frequently asked questions about cover letter examples
How do you build a cover letter.
You build a cover letter either by downloading a quality cover letter template online and filling it in by yourself or by using an AI-powered cover letter builder that asks you a few simple questions and lets you pick from pre-written, ready-formatted cover letter sentences.
Each method has its own advantages, but a cover letter builder is quicker — you can finish and download your cover letter within about 12 minutes.
How can cover letter examples help me?
Cover letter examples help you by providing you with a look at cover letters from your own industry.
You can quickly see what you should include in your own cover letter, check your cover letter format is correct, and get some inspiration for how to word your achievements.
What should be avoided in a cover letter?
Here’s what should be avoided in a cover letter:
- generic text (always target your cover letter to the company)
- writing more than one page
- too small or large font sizes (stay between 10 and 12)
- negative comments about your current or previous employers
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A cover letter, together with a well-written CV , is often the most effective way to make a good first impression when applying for a job. Such a cover letter offers a great opportunity to complement and expand on the information contained in your Curriculum Vitae and convince the recruiter that you are the right person for the job.
A cover letter template, although seemingly simple on the surface, can be a turning point in the job application process. So don't skip this step or rush into writing it . Think about what your cover letter template should look like and then complete it with your personal touches.
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Dear Hiring Professional,
As an experienced Manager, I have contributed to positive business results through effective organisation, prioritisation and follow-through of key organisational projects. My strengths and qualifications are an ideal match to the Manager requirements and will bring immediate value to the Legacy Office.
In my former Office Manager role, I exercised a calculated and methodical approach to problem solving. While I am independently motivated, I appreciate collective efforts and collaborate productively within group settings. Moreover, I am competent in business administration and staff management, with proficiency in contract management. This opportunity is especially exciting, as my professional goals are aligned with Legacy Office's mission and values. Furthermore, my personal effectiveness, communication and interpersonal awareness abilities will serve to support your continued organisational efforts.
I have attached my CV for your review and would be delighted to discuss the opportunity further at your earliest convenience.
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What are the best cover letter templates of 2023?
Below you will find 13 ready-made cover letter templates with different format and style. In our builder, you can change the content as much as you like. In fact, you can play with the font, its size, and even the size of the margins or the distance between sections to give your cover letter template a unique look.
The 13 unique cover letter template formats available on our site can be divided into classic and modern ones.
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As you will notice, we have divided them into four groups: organised, enterprising, practical, and artistic. Take a look and explore how you can modify your cover letter templates and get a document that will surely help you impress the recruiters.
This type of template shows that you can focus on the task at hand. You have clear goals and are great at organising your work.
Great for individuals with leadership skills who are not hesitant when it comes to decision making.
For people who are great at meeting deadlines and performing their tasks at their best.
When you want to demonstrate not only your hard skills but also your creativity and teamwork
20 Job application cover letter templates
Every job is unique and involves specific tasks. When writing a job cover letter you also need to take into account the specific skills required. Check out our selection of 20 sample cover letter templates for various professions! Have you had a long employment break and would like to refer to it in your cover letter template? Don't worry. We can help you with that too!
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Take a look at the available sample cover letter for job application. Their structure varies slightly from industry to industry. Thus, a letter for a person whose job involves frequent contact with customers will have a different style than for someone whose job requires them to focus primarily on a specific task.
Once you have chosen your short cover letter sample, elaborate on it with personal details. Mention specific skills, both hard and soft ones. Don't forget to show off your accomplishments.
Customise it! A good job cover letter template should include the exact name of the company you are applying to. Mention the company and job title at least twice: in the introduction and the conclusion.
Take the initiative! End your letter with a call to action. Think about using phrases such as: "I will be happy to share more about my experience during the interview" or "I would be glad to discuss my candidacy at your convenience". Show them that you really care!
Have you finished? Then read your letter through again. Make sure you have included the correct company name and the position you are applying for. Ensure that your letter contains the correct contact details. Already have an impressive cover letter template and professional CV ? Fingers crossed for successful recruitment!
FAQs: Cover letter template UK
What is a cover letter template.
A cover letter template is a draft document that helps you structure your letter. Good cover letter template makes it easy to create a letter in a short time, and it also tells you what elements to include in it. It usually serves as a framework for a document that you can complete and add information about your career without having to create a whole document from scratch.
How to write a good cover letter template?
A good cover letter template should include your contact details, and the contact details of the company you are applying to. In the introduction you should also mention your previous/ current position and the duties (or skills) you performed there that are relevant to the position you are applying for. In the next section, write about what you bring to the company and why you are the right person for the job.
Conclude the letter with a call to action, e.g. by saying that you are ready to present yourself at the interview. A good way to get started is to use our cover letter builder .
How to create a cover letter template?
When creating a cover letter template, remember to include the basic elements. These are:
- Your contact details,
- A polite greeting,
- Opening paragraph. Use this section to introduce yourself in the best light. This is a good time to present your achievements.
- Second paragraph. In this part your task is to convince the recruiter why you are the right person for the job.
- In the last paragraph, outline what you could bring to the company (both soft and hard skills).
- Finally, take the initiative! Use a call to action and let them know you are ready for the interview.
In this cover letter builder you will find great examples of catchy phrases that can help you get hired.
Can a cover letter template be sophisticated?
It depends on what position you are applying for. It's a good idea to match the tone of the letter and vocabulary to the industry you're in. Remember, however, that the recruiter who will read it is not always familiar with the terminology. It is strongly recommended to use formal but rather simple language. You want to present information about yourself in the best possible way and convince the recruiter to invite you for an interview. An overly complicated, pompous letter can make you come across as arrogant - and that, after all, is not what you want.
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Professional Cover Letter Templates: Free Download for Word
Professionalism is fundamental in the workplace, so if you’re seeking any form of employment you’ll need a cover letter that screams competence, talent, and dedication to the job to pair with your resume. Our professional cover letter templates are designed to impress the hiring manager and land you an interview, and the good news is they’re completely free .
Pick your favorite template, download it for free in Microsoft Word format, and put in your information. Then, you’re ready to send out your application (once you’ve paired it with the matching resume template , that is).
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Table of Contents
- Professional Cover Letter Template
- Manager Cover Letter Template
- Executive Cover Letter Template
- Clean Cover Letter Template
- Harvard Cover Letter Template
- Stanford Cover Letter Template
- Gold Standard Cover Letter Template
- Classic Cover Letter Template
1. The ‘Professional’ Cover Letter Template
Why it’s called the professional, and who should use it.
As its name implies, this cover letter is the most professional template in our collection. Your name is accented by a subtle box, while your contact details are presented in a contrasting color to make them stand out.
Professional Imperial Gold
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2. The ‘Manager’ Cover Letter Template
Why it’s called the manager, and who should use it.
An organized and business-like cover letter, the Manager template is divided into three sections. The first contains your name and job title, the second your contact details, and the third your letter’s body text. It’s perfect for showcasing your organizational skills to the recruiter — necessary skills for managers.
Manager Imperial Gold
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3. The ‘Executive’ Cover Letter Template
Why it’s called the executive, and who should use it.
The Executive cover letter template is just what you need to establish your own personal brand, with the unique font used for your name practically serving as your logo. As an aspiring executive, personal branding is everything — that’s why you should pick this cover letter template.
Executive Imperial Gold
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4. The ‘Clean’ Cover Letter Template
Why it’s called the clean, and who should use it.
Clean lines separate sections in this cover letter template, amplifying the effect of its ample white space and leading hiring managers’ eyes down to the main content. If you think that getting straight to the point is key on the job hunt, then this is your best template option.
Clean Imperial Gold
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5. The ‘Harvard’ Cover Letter Template
Why it’s called the harvard, and who should use it.
Hiring managers can’t resist the design of this cover letter template. That’s because the way an applicant’s name is set into the grid-like framework of its heading has been known to have a subtle psychological effect on anyone who reads it. This grid, suggestive of particularly durable architecture or a skilled team of masons, conveys a candidate’s strength of personality.
Harvard Imperial Gold
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6. The ‘Stanford’ Cover Letter Template
Why it’s called the stanford, and who should use it.
The Stanford cover letter template’s unique feature is its upper-right section, which contains your contact details. It was designed to be roughly the same size as a conventional business card, to quickly communicate to hiring managers that you fit into their world. Since the Stanford resume template was designed with students in mind , this feature makes it most useful if you’re a student transitioning from school into the workforce.
Stanford Imperial Gold
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7. The ‘Gold Standard’ Cover Letter Template
Why it’s called the gold standard, and who should use it.
Use the Gold Standard if you know you’re the best candidate for the job. This template can be used to convey your confidence, vigor, and dynamic personality to any hiring manager lucky enough to receive your application.
Gold Standard Imperial Gold
Gold Standard Slate
Gold Standard Viridian
Gold Standard Vanilla
Gold Standard Iceberg
Gold Standard Charcoal
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8. The ‘Classic’ Cover Letter Template
Why it’s called the classic, and who should use it.
The Classic is our most successful cover letter template to date. It uses tried-and-tested aesthetic guidelines as well as soft coloring to highlight your key personal and contact details.
Classic Imperial Gold
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How to Start a Cover Letter [20+ Opening Line Examples]
Cover letters. You don’t even know where to begin. But we’re here to cure your writer’s block with powerful strategies to start your letter in job-winning style.
You know the feeling, your CV is polished to perfection and your job application is ready to be sent. There’s just one more thing. Starting your cover letter.
Problem is, you’ve got such bad writer's block that you don’t even know where to begin. That blank page is just staring you in the face, silently judging you.
Learning how to start a cover letter is essential. In today’s time-poor recruiting world a bad introduction means the rest of your cover letter won’t even get read. But I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen.
In this guide, you’ll learn to master starting a cover letter with a professional introduction that’ll charm the socks of hiring managers and get your letter read from top to bottom. Now let’s get your cover letter start started.
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Make sure the rest of your cover letter is as strong as your opening. Read more: How to Write a Cover Letter: Complete Guide
How to Start a Cover Letter—Opening Lines
You’ve only got one paragraph of text to craft your cover letter opening. Here’s how to pack that all-important opening with attention-grabbing content.
1. Be Direct
Make the position you’re applying for explicitly clear. Recruiters are often dealing with candidates applying for multiple vacant positions so make sure your intent is obvious by mentioning the company/organisation and the job title.
Starting a Cover Letter by Being Direct (Example)
2. convey passion.
Fight your British reserve and get excited. Show some passion and enthusiasm for the role, the company and its products and services. It’s one of the best ways to begin because it usually translates to committed and successful employees. It also injects a bit of liveliness to help energise the recruiter and get them excited about reading the rest of your cover letter.
Cover Letter Opening by Conveying Passion (Example)
Example one is as energising as a double espresso. Example two? More a nice milky tea for Grandad before his afternoon snooze.
3. Mention Contacts and Connections
Were you referred to the job? Make sure you mention that early on. A recommendation is a powerful form of persuasion known as social proof . Use it to your advantage.
Example Cover Letter Introduction by Mentioning a Connection
4. hook them with an impressive accomplishment.
Use an accomplishment statement to showcase an impressive professional achievement. Add numbers to make it quantifiable and show how you can add real business value as a potential employee.
How to Begin a Cover Letter by Using an Accomplishment (Sample)
Now that’s eye-catching. Alternatively you could—
5. Write a Belief Statement
Instead of an accomplishment statement, you could use a belief statement. Show that you mirror the values and goals of the role and the organisation. But make it sound natural and don’t just copy-paste the company’s mission statement.
Starting a Cover Letter Using a Belief Statement (Example)
6. show off some knowledge of news and current events.
Doing some research about the company is a surefire way of impressing recruiters. Check out the company website for a blog or newsletter or use Google’s news aggregator to do a search on the company and find some interesting tidbits.
Sample Cover Letter Opening with Knowledge
Make sure to finish as strong as you started. Read more: How to End a Cover Letter
7. Use Keywords
Regardless of which tactic you choose to start your cover letter, keywords are key. 90% of major companies use ATS software to scan job applications. These programs scan for keywords and reject any applications that don’t cut the mustard.
Cover letter or CV keywords are words or phrases that describe desired experience, skills or traits. The job title is also a keyword. You’ll find them in the job advert and here’s what to look for. Here’s a snippet from an example job posting:
Portdown Comprehensive seeks a dedicated education professional with 5+ years teaching experience . Must be proficient in lesson planning and skilled in dealing with challenging students .
Everything in bold is a keyword. But don’t just string keywords together. Make sure your cover letter opening remains grammatical and easy to read. For example.
Read more: What To Include in a Cover Letter
How to Address a Cover Letter
Writing the start of your cover letter isn’t just about the opening paragraph. Here’s how to make sure you get the contact details and salutation right too.
Addressing a Cover Letter
You’re writing a formal document. Make sure you follow the correct UK business letter format. Remember to right-align your contact details and the date and left-align everything else.
Here’s a template for how to address a cover letter :
[Your First & Last Names]
[Your Postal Address]
[Your Phone Number]
[Your Email Address]
[Date of Writing]
[Manager’s Job Title]
[Company’s Postal Address]
How to Write a Cover Letter Salutation
Your cover letter salutation is the greeting that opens the letter e.g. Dear Elizabeth. It’s only a few words, it can’t make any difference right? Wrong. The way you write your salutation has a powerful influence on your chances of success.
How to Start a Cover Letter with a Name
To start a cover letter with a name do some research. Check the job posting for a named email address. Do some research on LinkedIn. And if all else fails call the receptionist and ask who the hiring manager is.
To be fair, the wrong example is fine, if you’re writing a letter as a character in a Charles Dickens novel. It’s old-fashioned and it’s generic. Always start your cover letter with a name if possible.
Studies have proven that seeing your own name has a powerful effect on the brain, use that to your advantage and fully activate the recruiter’s attention. What’s more, 84% of job seekers don’t bother discovering the hiring manager’s name. So a little extra footwork puts you in the top 16%.
But what if you can’t discover a name, despite your best efforts? Take a look at these examples.
How to Start a Cover Letter Without a Name
To start a cover letter without a name, use some variation of ‘Dear XYZ Team Manager’ or ‘Dear Hiring Manager’. Never fall back on old-fashioned salutations such as “To Whom it May Concern.’ It’s far too cold and impersonal.
If you use the right cover letter format and the best strategies for your opening gambit then you’ll be able to start your cover letter in style.
What about the rest of your cover letter format? Read more here: How to Format a Cover Letter [Step-By-Step Guide]
How to Start a Cover Letter—Examples To Inspire You
Now here’s 10 examples of how to begin a cover letter to get your creative juices flowing.
Your colleague Jane Durham, suggested I contact you about the receptionist role at Maxton Associates as she was confident I had the skills and experience to succeed. As a receptionist at Button & Co. I helped to digitise all physical records, reducing office costs by £10,000. I’d love to help achieve such efficiencies at a company with such a glowing reputation as yours.
Read More: Receptionist CV Writing Guide
As a longtime admirer of John Lewis’ peerless customer service, I was excited to see the opening for a sales assistant at your Kingston store. With my 5+ years experience and perfect record of mystery shopper assessments as a sales assistant at Marks & Spencer, I know I can contribute my skills to become a productive member of the John Lewis family.
Read More: Retail / Sales Assistant CV Writing Guide
As a very satisfied user of your products, I was excited to see the opportunity to apply for the summer app design internship at Semtechs Global. I’ve recently designed an Android app for Agile Framework facilitation that has received highly positive reviews on Google Play Store and I would love to gain hands-on experience in a world-renowned company like Semtechs.
I am writing to apply for the position of Content Marketing Specialist, with Unwin Publishing. While pursuing my B.A. (Hons) in Publishing at the University of Roehampton, I held two summer internships with prestigious publishing houses. As a summer intern with Uptake Books, I assisted in creating a social media campaign that generated £20,000 in sales. It would be amazing to join the team at Unwin to start my career in publishing.
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Leading the materials engineering team that increased production efficiency by 30% in Feniway Industrial Metal Fabrications has been a career highlight for me. So discovering your opening in engineering at Generate Industries was an exciting opportunity for me to contribute to your industry-leading work.
I was thrilled to learn about the opening for the Senior Consultant role at Wolverton Partners. Your reputation as a business management consultancy is second to none and your focus on constant iterative improvements has always mirrored my own approach to process improvement. I’d love to be able to contribute the same efficiencies to your clients as I did whilst creating £20m in savings for my clients at Blackthorn.
As an urban design aficionado and Manchester-based architect, I was thrilled when I came across your opening for the junior architect position. My previous architecture experience has honed my creativity, design, and teamwork skills, and I am confident I have the skills and knowledge required to help Great North Architects reach new heights in innovation.
As an admirer of the innovative teaching methods you implement at The Oak Tree School, I was excited to see your opening for a Teaching Assistant. In my current position as a teaching assistant at Greystoke Comprehensive, I have supported the headmaster in introducing a new assessment method based on scientific theories of cognitive child development. As a result our Key Stage 2 test results improved by 20%.
As a graphic designer with 8+ years of experience, I'm energised by the opportunity of working at Dieter & Casper. At Kenatco I was able to increase client transactions by 25%. I learned about your own goals to lift transactions in your January company newsletter and I’m keen to be of assistance.
Attached you will find my CV with detailed work experience for the position of office manager with Leytonstone Bros. In my current role at Parabellum Prosthetics, I’ve been able to cut office supply costs by £5,000 per annum. This success comes from my ability to conduct robust supplier contract management and negotiation. It would be an incredible opportunity to deliver the same successful approach to the team at Leytonstone.
Now you’ve got started, learn when to stop. Get your cover letter length right: How Long Should a Cover Letter Be? [Ideal Length]
When you write a cover letter opening make it unique for each job application. Don't just paste in the same generic text for each job application. Use the advice in this guide to start off with a bang. Here’s a reminder of how to do it.
- Most importantly, always start your cover letter afresh for every application and target the opening to that company, that job and that hiring manager.
- There’s more than one way to open. Take a look at the strategies I’ve suggested and choose the one that best suits your circumstances.
- Always try to find out the hiring manager’s name and use it. Never resort to antiquated generic greetings.
- To start a cover letter without a name, use some variation of, ‘Dear Sales Team Hiring Manager’. Use ‘Dear Hiring Manager’ if the addressee is completely unknown.
- Make sure you follow standard UK business letter format.
And that’s all. Thanks for reading all the way to the end. Have you got any questions for me? Still struggling to start that cover letter? Don’t be shy. Use the comments section and I’ll be happy to help.
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1. Standard, conservative style This is ideal for sectors such as business, law, accountancy and retail. For more creative sectors, a letter like this might be less appealing, and could work...
A cover letter introduces you to an employer and asks them to think about your application. It's a short letter, usually 3 to 5 paragraphs long. When to include a cover letter You should...
Cover letters should be addressed to the person dealing with the application. Usually, this will be shown somewhere in the job advert - and if not, don't be afraid to find out. Start by visiting the company's website to track down the name of a relevant recipient. If you have no luck there - there's no harm in simply calling and asking.
To write a really effective cover letter, you'll need to tailor what you write to your own strengths, as well as to the role you're applying for. Remember: you can always use cover letter examples for inspiration. But copy & paste should not be your friend here. Need more cover letter advice?
From architecture, accounting, and admin to law, sales, and fashion, our cover letter examples span a long list of UK sectors, roles, and experience levels. That provides better guidance for your own cover letter, with an example that's more aligned with your own experience and skills. Create a cohesive job application
A cover letter demonstrates to recruiters how well you express yourself so you need to make sure that you don't just repeat your CV or give rambling explanations. Instead use this opportunity to focus on your skills and experience, saving your qualifications for your CV. The basic cover letter structure covers: why you're writing the letter
Zety offers 18 professional cover letter templates, which you can edit quickly and easily using our cover letter builder. All you have to do is pick a cover letter template you like and fill in the blanks… or, to make things even easier, upload your CV and have our generator write your cover letter for you.
Here's a cover letter template you can use to learn how to write your cover letter professionally: A good copy-and-paste cover letter example Salutation Dear [Mr/Ms/Mx] [Recruiting Manager's Name], Opening Paragraph (Introduction) Your cover letter opening should contain a self introduction.
Your cover letter is a document that compliments your resume. If you've outlined key points on your CV, feel free to go into more depth about what happened behind the scenes, e.g. describing...
A good cover letter template should include your contact details, and the contact details of the company you are applying to. In the introduction you should also mention your previous/ current position and the duties (or skills) you performed there that are relevant to the position you are applying for. In the next section, write about what you ...
Keep your cover letter to a single page made up of three paragraphs. You can add an extra middle paragraph if absolutely necessary. Before doing this, however, always ask yourself if you can communicate the essential information in fewer words. Related: 450 CV action words to make your job application stand out Margins and Alignment
Follow these guidelines: Make your cover letter single-spaced. Add a space between each section: contact information, salutation, opening paragraph, middle paragraph, closing paragraph and complimentary closing. (There's no need to indent any of your paragraphs.)
Here are two examples of cover letters. First, read the job description, then read the cover letter. In the first example, you'll see how the writer uses specific phrases from the job description and includes them in the letter. The second example takes a more creative approach.
Use our cover letter builder. Choose from 18 professional cover letter templates that match your CV. See actionable examples and get expert tips along the way. Create your cover letter now Sample cover letter for a CV made with our builder—See more templates and create your cover letter here. One of our users, Nikos, had this to say:
You may structure an email cover letter as follows: Subject line: Ensure your subject line is professional and clearly state your name and the position you're applying for. Salutation: You can start your cover letter email by politely greeting the hiring manager. Use their name and use the following format: 'Dear Ms Smith'.
Cover letters should be around three paragraphs long and include specific examples from your past experience that make you qualified for the position. A cover letter should include the following parts: Header Salutation Introduction Body paragraph Closing paragraph Letter ending and signature
Salutation or greeting. Opening paragraph. Middle paragraph (s) Closing paragraph. Letter ending and signature. Your cover letter should be one page long and use a simple, professional font, such as Arial or Helvetica, 10 to 12 points in size. Your letter should be left-aligned with single spacing and one-inch margins.
This is where a student cover letter differs most from one written by a professional with some experience. Whereas the latter would focus on their most relevant work-related experiences and achievements, as a student your cover letter focuses on different things. ... Your cover letter's primary purpose is to persuade the recipient, usually a ...
As its name implies, this cover letter is the most professional template in our collection. Your name is accented by a subtle box, while your contact details are presented in a contrasting color to make them stand out. Margins: Text Features. Top = .62". Font = Calibri. Bottom = .24". Name Size = 24pt. Right = .59".
Choose from 20+ professional cover letter templates that match your CV. See actionable examples and get expert tips along the way. ... Make sure you follow the correct UK business letter format. Remember to right-align your contact details and the date and left-align everything else.