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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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Three excellent cover letter examples
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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Admin Assistant cover letter examples
Are you hoping to secure your next role as an admin assistant?
If so, you should start demonstrating your written communication skills and keen attention to detail right away with a persuasive and engaging cover letter.
If you’re not how to get started, check out our writing tips and admin assistant cover letter examples in the guide below.
Admin Assistant cover letter example 1
Admin Assistant cover letter example 2
Admin Assistant cover letter example 3
These 3 Admin Assistant cover letter examples will provide you with some good ideas on how to format a cover letter, along with the type of message you should be trying to put across to recruiters .
To further understand exactly how you can write a cover letter that will get you noticed, check out our further guidance.
How to write a Admin Assistant cover letter
Here’s how to write your own winning Admin Assistant cover letter
Write your cover letter in the body of an email/message
When you send a cover letter with a job application, you should always write your message into the body of your email – or the body of the messaging system if you are sending via a job website.
Why do this?
Simply because you want to get your message seen as soon as the recruiter opens your application.
If you attach the cover letter as a separate item, this means the recipient will have to open it before they can read it – slowing down the process and potentially causing frustration along the way.
So, write your cover note in the body of your email/message to ensure you make an instant connection with the reader.
Start with a friendly greeting
To start building rapport with the recruiter or hiring manager right away, lead with a friendly greeting.
Try to strike a balance between professional and personable.
Go with something like…
- Hi [insert recruiter name]
- Hi [insert department/team name]
Stay away from old-fashioned greetings like “Dear sir/madam ” unless applying to very formal companies – they can come across as cold and robotic.
How to find the contact’s name?
Addressing the recruitment contact by name is an excellent way to start building a strong relationship. If it is not listed in the job advert, try to uncover it via these methods.
- Check out the company website and look at their About page. If you see a hiring manager, HR person or internal recruiter, use their name. You could also try to figure out who would be your manager in the role and use their name.
- Head to LinkedIn , search for the company and scan through the list of employees. Most professionals are on LinkedIn these days, so this is a good bet.
Identify the role you are applying for
Once you have opened the cover letter with a warm greeting, you need to explain which role you are interested in.
Sometimes a recruitment consultant could be managing over 10 vacancies, so it’s crucial to pinpoint exactly which one you are interested in.
Highlight the department/area if possible and look for any reference numbers you can quote.
These are some examples you can add..
- I am interested in applying for the role of Admin Assistant with your company.
- I would like to apply for the role of Sales assistant (Ref: 40f57393)
- I would like to express my interest in the customer service vacancy within your retail department
- I saw your advert for an IT project manager on Reed and would like to apply for the role.
See also: CV examples – how to write a CV – CV profiles
Highlight your suitability
The main purpose of your cover letter is to excite recruiters and make them eager to open your CV. And you achieve this by quickly demonstrating your suitability to the job you are applying for.
Take a look at the job adverts you are applying for, and make note of the most important skills being asked for.
Then, when you write your cover letter, make your suitability the focal point.
Explain how you meet the candidate requirements fully, and why you are so well suited to carry out the job.
This will give recruiters all the encouragement they need to open your CV and consider your application.
Keep it short and sharp
It is best to keep your cover letter brief if you want to ensure you hold the attention of busy recruiters and hiring managers. A lengthy cover letter will probably not get read in full, so keep yours to around 3-6 sentences and save the real detail for your CV.
Remember the purpose of your cover letter is to quickly get recruiters to notice you and encourage them to open your CV, so it only needs to include the highlights of your experience.
Sign off professionally
To round of your cover letter, add a professional signature to the bottom, giving recruiters your vital contact information.
This not only gives various means of contacting you, it also looks really professional and shows that you know how to communicate in the workplace.
Include the following points;
- A friendly sign off – e.g. “Warm regards”
- Your full name
- Phone number (one you can answer quickly)
- Email address
- Profession title
- Professional social network – e.g. LinkedIn
Here is an example signature;
Gerald Baker Senior Accountant 07887500404 [email protected] LinkedIn
Quick tip : To save yourself from having to write your signature every time you send a job application email, you can save it within your email drafts, or on a separate document that you could copy in.
What to include in your Admin Assistant cover letter
Your Admin Assistant cover letter will be unique to your situation, but there are certain content guidelines you should stick to for best results.
To attract and entice recruiters, stick with the following key subjects in your cover letter – adapting them to fit your profession and target jobs.
- Your professional experience – Employers will be keen to know if your experience is suitable for the job you are applying to, so provide a good summary of it in your cover letter.
- Your qualifications and education – Highlight your most relevant and high-level of qualification, especially if they are essential to the job.
- The positive impact you have made – Employers love to hear about the benefits you can bring to them, so shout about anything impressive you have done, such as saving money or improving processes.
- Your reasons for leaving – Use a few words of your cover letter to explain why you are leaving your current job and ensure you avoid any negative reasons.
- Your availability – Let recruiters know when you can start a new job . Are you immediately available, or do you have a month notice period?
Admin Assistant cover letter templates
Copy and paste these Admin Assistant cover letter templates to get a head start on your own.
Good day Mary
I am excited to apply for the position of Admin Assistant at Teqniq Ltd. As a highly organised and detail-oriented professional, I am confident that my exceptional administrative skills and strong work ethic make me a perfect fit for your prominent company.
Over the past five years as an Admin Assistant for Panamoure, I have consistently demonstrated my ability to streamline office operations and provide comprehensive support to executives and cross functional team members. Through effective coordination, I consistently ensure that deadlines are met, and daily activities run efficiently.
Some notable accomplishments in my current role include, implementing an innovative filing system that lessened document retrieval time by 25%, attaining a 98% meeting punctuality rate through successfully scheduling/managing 50 monthly meetings, and cutting annual travel expenditure by 15% due to refining booking processes.
Thank you very much for considering my application and I hope to hear from you.
Joyce Stanford ¦ 07777777777 ¦ [email protected]
Hope you’re well. I am writing to express my keen interest in the Senior Admin Assistant position advertised on LinkedIn. As an accomplished professional with a successful track record of handling complex tasks, leading teams, and providing invaluable support to senior executives, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute my skills and expertise to Adecco.
With over 10 years of experience as an Admin Assistant within the HR industry, I have developed a deep understanding of the importance of efficient office management and the ability to proactively anticipate the needs of executives and numerous departments. I am eager to contribute my leadership acumen, expertise, and dedication to delivering exceptional results to support your company’s continued success.
Some key achievements in my current role include, supporting the implementation of new workflow processes that increased team productivity by 20%, introducing a document management system that enhanced data accessibility by 35%, and saving £8K+ annually through identifying cost-effective opportunities when negotiating office supply contracts with suitable vendors.
I trust my application will be received positively and look forward to hearing from to schedule an interview.
Kelly Morris ¦ 07777777777 ¦ [email protected]
Good morning, Bruce
Please accept my application for the Junior Admin Assistant position at Cedar. As a motivated individual, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute my enthusiasm towards your organisation’s success.
During my A-Levels, I excelled in both Business Studies and English, where I obtained distinctions (80% to 90%) in each. I am eager to apply my gained knowledge in a professional setting, while providing valuable support to cross-functional teams.
Key attributes that make me a suitable candidate for the role include, managing calendars, scheduling appointments, and handling inquiries to ensure smooth office operations. I am also skilled in creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to produce quality deliverables, as well as leveraging strong written and verbal communication competencies to foster effective interactions with colleagues, clients, and vendors.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and I hope to hear from you soon concerning the advertised role.
Lisa Neville ¦ 07777777777 ¦ [email protected]
Writing an impressive cover letter is a crucial step in landing a Admin Assistant job, so taking the time to perfect it is well worth while.
By following the tips and examples above you will be able to create an eye-catching cover letter that will wow recruiters and ensure your CV gets read – leading to more job interviews for you.
Good luck with your job search!
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Administrative assistant cover letter example.
If you have found a role of Administrative Assistant that you would like to apply for, it is important to know what the role involves before writing a covering letter to support your application.
As an Administrative Assistant, you will be involved in all aspects of administration such as letter writing, typing, formatting documents, answering the telephone, setting up meetings, dealing with clients/visitors etc. You will need to be a very organised and thorough individual who has a confident attitude towards people and your work.
If you are looking for some general guidance on a covering letter, please see below.
Cover Letter: Administrative Assistant
Application for an Administrative Assistant (Job reference if you know it)
I have recently seen your advert (advertised where) for an Administrative Assistant and I would like to submit my CV in the application for this role.
I have had previous experience in a busy office environment and I feel that I have an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications and am able to format a document easily, create presentations within PowerPoint, and do basic excel spreadsheets.
I feel that I am confident when dealing with visitors to the company and have been in many business meetings where I have taken minutes, served teas and coffees etc.
I have had a great deal of experience in answering the telephone and passing on messages to colleagues and feel that this is something I do well. I enjoy learning new skills to improve my efficiency and feel that I am very organised and pay great attention to detail.
I am happy working on my own initiative as well as working as part of a team player and have always done a mixture of this in my previous roles. I am very flexible in my approach to work and happy to try new ways and learn new tasks.
If you have any questions about my CV or experiences, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
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