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Are you considering sending your CV covering letter in response to an advertised vacancy? Your covering letter is the first thing that a prospective employer will notice, so you should make sure it immediately gives them a a good impression of you.

Remember that a CV / resume never travels alone!!  A covering letter is a great way to highlight the most relevant skills/qualities/experience in your CV to a prospective employer.

What should your covering letter for an advertised post do?

If you are answering an advert which asks you to apply by sending your CV; then you should make sure that your covering letter grabs the attention of the reader, highlights your skills relevant to the post and encourages them to follow up by contacting you.

This sample covering letter for an advertised post can be adapted to meet your needs. Simply insert your relevant details in the places indicated by brackets ().

Keep your mind on grammar and spelling.

Do not ramble on – be concise and keep it to 1 page if possible.

Here is a sample covering letter for an advertised vacancy

(Your address 1)
(Your address 2)
(Your Postcode)
(Telephone Number Mobile Number)
(E: youremail@email.com)


(Contact Name)
(Job Title)
(Company Name)
(Address 1)
(Address 2)


Dear (Contact name/Sir or Madam)

Ref : Vacant Post of (Insert Job Title)

After carefully reading your advertisement in (where you saw the advert), I strongly believe that I have the skills and qualities that you are looking for and would therefore like to apply for the above position.

As you will see from my CV, I am currently working as an (your job title), a role that is very similar to your vacancy; however I feel that the post will offer me a further challenge and the opportunity to enhance and utilise my skills and experience within your organisation.

With my (list 3 most relevant skills/qualities), I feel that I would be able to make a significant contribution to your company’s team.

I am available for either an informal chat or interview at your convenience and can be contacted either by telephone, e-mail or mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,


Enc: (– to inform recipient that there are enclosures with this letter.)

Once you have constructed a great CV covering letter that will impress, you can search for a job in your country or overseas, find the latest jobs and start applying instantly by uploading your CV / resume online.

If you are looking for an example covering letter in your field, go to our sample CV cover letters section to find:

Sample Cover Letter For Admin Assistant Role

Cover Letter For Project Manager

Sample Cover Letter For NLP Positions

Sample Cover Letter For Social Worker / Health Care Positions

Sample cover letter for a Warehouse Operative / Assistant

Before you send out your CV covering letter, please remember how important it is to check for grammar and punctuation. Sometimes a word transposed or omitted can have a devastating effect. Just look at some of the worst CV mistakes for examples of bad grammar and punctuation.

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