Five examples of covering emails which landed jobs

By Oliver Sylvester-Bradley on 11 May 2015 - 11:39

Writing a brilliant covering email, or letter, to accompany your CV is probably the most important part of the job application process. If it's too long, or too short, or doesn't contain relevant and specific detail your application could well end up in the bin!

Here, Mikael Cho, founder of Crew, shares five covering emails which actually landed people jobs with his company. Take note and make sure your application gets you a foot in the door!

Email examples from people that got hired

Luke - Product Designer

When Luke first wrote, he shared a wide range of skills and interests. At the time, we were a small team of 4 founders so we were looking for people that could jump in on a lot of different things. And if they didn't know something, they'd be open to learning it. We could tell from Luke's message he was eager to apply what he knew, learn what he didn't, and do anything to help move the company forward (including make coffee and Subway runs). He also nailed this email by linking to an awesome introduction page he made just for us:

Marlee - Head of Happiness

Marlee hooked us from the first line. Although this email might look a bit on the longer side, it told a great story of her background, interests, and things she had done. We stayed excited all the way through and couldn't wait to speak with her.

Thomas - Developer

Thomas wrote his message directly to Luke. Thomas had also started a Twitter conversation with Luke which was a nice way to get our attention. Thomas was also a contributer to our Unsplash project, another thing that made us interested in meeting him. Finally, his personal site gave off the vibe that he'd probably be the right cultural fit at Crew.

Jory - Editor

Jory's message tickled us in all the right ways. One of the best parts was, the article he published on Medium ranked 2nd only to Leonardo DiCaprio in the month it was published. Jory left that out of this email so when I stumbled on it by spying on his tweets, I was even more impressed.

Dan - Designer/Developer

Dan's email was solid. A perfect example of keeping it to the point and letting your work do the talking. We followed up shortly after and immediately started work together. Dan's email style proved to be a reflection of his work at Crew.

We hope those examples help!? Don't copy them verbatim, each application email you send should be carefully constructed according to the role you are applying for and the organisation you are applying to. Keep it snappy, keep it relevant and most importantly, say something specific (ideally using an example) about why you will be good at the job.

Good luck!