How do you write and what do you include in a job covering/cover letter?
It is not difficult to write one when you know both the basic structure and professional phrases and vocabulary to use. A covering letter is basically a summary of the CV/resume with some additional details, some of which are focused on the company and the job/position that you are applying for. A covering letter is extremely important because it is the first thing a potential employer will read about you (before they look at the CV/resume). So, it has to be formal, polite, well written, short and contain all the appropriate information that a potential employer needs (e.g. contact details, where you heard about the job from, experience etc...).
In this online exercise on job covering letters, we will show you both professional phrases and vocabulary that are used when writing a covering letter/email in English and an example of the structure you should use when writing one. Although the example of the covering letter in this exercise is from a non-native speaker of English, most of the phrases can also be used in covering letters from native speakers.
Read the following covering letter from Juan Cruz for a sales executive position/job with a large multinational engineering company. Focus on the words/phrases in bold and think about their meaning.
I am writing in response to the advertisement for the position of a sales executive in the Madrid office of your company. I am confident that I would be an excellent candidate for both this position and for working within a company such as your own which has a reputation for excellence and innovation.
I am a highly motivated, diligent and committed individual, who throughout my 10 year career in sales has demonstrated the ability of being:Goal-Orientated - Surpassing my annual sales targets every year of my professional career.Adaptable - Having the ability to quickly learn and use new techniques, methodologies, strategies when selling a variety of different products.Able to speak fluently in English - I have the Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English and use English on a daily basis in my current position.
I have extensive experience of working as a sales executive for two large multinational companies, Almagro Construction SA and Telefonica SA. During my time in Telefonica I have been responsible for several multi-million Euro project negotiations that were conducted entirely in English and lead to Telefonica obtaining contracts that totalled a value of €21.3 million.
Please find attached a copy of my CV which expands on my experience and achievements.
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss further the possibility of working for you in this position. I am available to do an interview when it is convenient for yourselves.
If you have any questions, I can be reached on either my mobile (0034 71761231) or by email (email@example.com).
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Below is a definition/description of each of the words in bold from the above text. Now choose the word/phrase from the question's selection box which you believe answers each question. Only use one word/phrase once. Click on the "Check Answers" button at the bottom of the quiz to check your answers.
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Now that you understand the new vocabulary, practice them by creating your own sentences with the new words/phrases.