Cover letter examples

There are different styles of cover letter that you can use, and you should tailor this to the type of job you are applying for.

Standard cover letter

A standard cover letter can be used for sectors like business, law, accountancy and retail. 

“Dear Mrs Smith,

Please find attached my CV for the post advertised [insert job advert location] on [insert date].

The nature of my [insert degree or course] has prepared me for this role. It involved independent research, initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills. An understanding of the [insert sector] industry was essential during my education.

I am a fast and accurate worker, with a keen eye for detail. I feel have the enthusiasm and determination to succeed in this role. I would be very grateful for the opportunity and I am available to take this position immediately. 

Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

[your name]”

Creative cover letters

Creative sectors might find a 'standard' style of cover letter less appealing. They may prefer a letter that is original and shows you have imagination, as well as understanding what the job involves.

Speculative cover letters

A speculative cover letter can be quite different. You are introducing yourself and encouraging the recipient to read your CV. They may have a lot of applicants sending in CVs or they may not have any job openings. It's good to include a line that you would like to be kept on file if they do not have any available roles. 

Take a look at Guardian Jobs examples for speculative and creative cover letters.

Last reviewed by Scope on: 11/05/2018

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