Download – Career break covering letter template
Dear Sir/Madam (it’s better if you can address them by name e.g. Mr Smith or Ms Jones)
I am writing to express my interest in the role of [job title or job reference number] as advertised on [where you saw the advert].
NOW TELL THEM YOU ARE WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AND WHY
As you can see from my CV (attached), I am a proven [job role] with a strong track record and I would be a great fit for this role.
[NOW EXPLAIN YOUR CAREER BREAK WITH A POSITIVE NOTE: I am currently unemployed following a career break after I started a family/went traveling. I am now looking to get back to what was a very successful career and I have spent the past XX months training/gaining additional life skills and qualifications/getting work experience (then list exactly what you have done). In addition to this, I have XX years experience as a [job title] and a solid work history with lots of contacts in the industry, which I have kept up-to-date.
GIVE THEM MEASURABLE EXAMPLES OF SUCCESS IF POSSIBLE
In my previous roles I was personally responsible for a number of key successes, including:
- EXAMPLE: Decreased customer waiting times by 4% by introducing a new strategy where team members received incentives to respond to calls faster
- EXAMPLE: Cross-trained the team, which has increased job satisfaction (reducing absenteeism and sickness)
- EXAMPLE: Consistently complimented by my manager for a good working attitude and a motivational spirit that had a positive affect on the team.
RE ASSERT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE THE BEST CHOICE
I can assure you that my experience, industry knowledge and track record to date make me a strong candidate for this role. I possess all of the attributes you’re looking for in a [job role] and I believe this position is a perfect fit.
I look forward to hearing from you – my contact details can be found on my CV. I am ready for an immediate start. (This can be a benefit of being unemployed if the job is urgent and other candidates have 1 month notice periods).
Yours sincerely (if you started the letter Dear Sir/Madam)
Yours faithfully (if you addressed them by name at the start of the letter)
Your phone numbe
NB:- You can also visit my comprehensive online CV at this address (Your CV Website Address) and enter the code (if password protected) to view my references.
I can also be contacted at this address, should you deem my skills worthy of utilising in other areas of your organisation; to discuss any relevant positions you may have other than the one I am currently applying for.