Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 128 – Developing Writing – Writing a Cover Letter

We’re back with some developing writing today and this is going to be a good one for a lot of you applying for jobs. Here’s a sample letter of someone who’s interested in a job ad for a cruise line.

I am writing in response to your advertisement which appeared in the New York Times last week. I am particularly interested in the position as a waitress.

I am a 24-year-old and I have just finished working for Carnival Cruise Lines. I am planning on studying languages overseas in 12 months’ time but feel that it would be beneficial to me to experience the world of work before resuming my full-time studies. I would welcome the opportunity to work and travel on a cruise ship.

I believe that I’m well-suited for this job. Last summer I had experience of working as a waitress at an Italian restaurant in which I worked part-time for two months. In addition to this, I can speak French and Spanish fluently and believe that knowledge of three languages would be highly useful on a cruise ship with international passengers, some of whom will speak no English.

As for my personal qualities, I consider myself to be very dynamic, being keen on all types of sports. I also believe I am highly social as I love meeting new people. I feel sure that these two qualities will help me to give prompt, friendly service.

I would be delighted to attend an interview at your earlier convenience. As requested, I enclose my curriculum vitae and the contact details of my reference, Mr. Jacoby Harrison, for whom I worked at the italian restaurant.

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Summer on the farm!

Working with acres of organic gardens, teaching children about the environment, enjoying beautiful swimming in the river. Sound appealing?

Edalan Farm is looking for seasonal staff form June to September. Duties include light work on the farm, meal preparation, organizing and leading activities for children.

Reasonable pay and accommodation provided. Good level of English is essential. Driving licence preferred.

A great opportunity to spend the summer in England.

Write your letter and make sure you post it below!

Also, if you want the template on how to write a cover letter, it’s on all badges on my patreon

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