Cover letter for switching careers (5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for switching careers.”

How to write a cover letter when switching careers

When making a career change, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Discuss previous roles.
  • Explain why you are trying a new career.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for switching careers”

“Dear Ms. Chen,

As a qualified and experienced high school teacher, I am very excited to apply for the role of Instructional Designer at Learning Co. In my 15+ years of teaching, I have designed and implemented curriculum for multiple classes of various ages and ability levels. I am confident my hands-on experience in the classroom makes me a great fit for this role.

In my most recent role as Senior Art Teacher at Awesome High School, I developed the art curriculum for grades seven to nine, in collaboration with other teachers from the art department. I designed each program to integrate feedback, student support, assessments, and course evaluations. Further, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I adapted the curriculum for a remote (online) learning environment. I have recently completed two instructional design courses to ensure my teaching experience aligns with instructional design best practices.

While I have enjoyed being a teacher, I’m ready to explore other career options. I love to teach and help students. However, I believe I can pursue this passion outside the classroom with an instructional design role at a company like Learning Co., which is well known for its quality training programs.

To sum it up, 15 years of classroom experience, combined with further study in instructional design make me an ideal applicant for this role. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you how my skills and qualifications can help Learning Co. achieve its instructional design goals. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your consideration.


Tanya Teacher”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for switching careers”

“March 3, 2019

John Doe

ABC Company

123 A St.

Dover, DE 1990

Dear Mr. Doe,

I am writing this letter to express my interest in the Sales Manager position at ABC Company. I have 10 years of marketing experience and wish to transition into a sales role at a prestigious company such as yours. I have many skills from my marketing career that can translate to success in this role.

Although I have been an asset to my prior employer as a marketing manager, I have dealt with many experiences that support common sales skills. I work one-on-one with clients while managing a marketing team. My client relationships are valuable to me because it allows me to build our connection, provide relevant product offerings and continue an ongoing business relationship.

Because of my skills as a marketing manager, I’ve won numerous awards, including Manager of the Year and Employee of the Month on numerous occasions. This required not only strength in marketing but also the instinct and ability to manage and motivate a team to work towards a common goal.

I believe my background in marketing would provide value for your team by adding a unique perspective. I am a fast and enthusiastic learner, ready to become a leader at ABC Company. If you know of a more appropriate position or an opening that has recently been vacated, I would be grateful for your consideration.


John Doe”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for switching careers”

“Dear Ms. Green,

It may sound cliche to say I am excited to apply for the Social Media Coordinator role at Fashion & Co., but I really am! I have been wearing Fashion & Co., clothes for many years and absolutely love your Weekly Fashion Inspo Reels on Instagram.

Having worked in retail fashion since high school, I have on-the-ground insight into the business of women’s fashion. Additionally, I run my own successful Instagram fashion account, which features everyday styling tips.

In my current role as the Assistant Store Manager for a local boutique (Bliss & Butterflies), I liaise with customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders daily. I take an active interest in maintaining a strong knowledge of the products sold in the store. Since taking over this role, I have increased store sales by 15% through increased customer engagement, suggestive selling, and better promotion of product features and benefits.

Additionally, my social media success with my fashion accounts have taught me key social media management skills such as:

  • Developing, implementing, and managing a social media strategy consistent with my brand identity across platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest.
  • Content creation and editing of photos and videos.
  • Community management, including but not limited to engaging with followers, responding to queries, and collaborating with brands.
  • Staying up to date with the latest social media best practices and technologies.

Working in retail was always meant to be a temporary job while I finished school. However, I believe this hands-on experience will help me add a fresh perspective to the social media marketing campaigns at Fashion & Co. I am truly excited to work with a company that is revolutionizing the world of fashion with its forward-thinking designs.

I am available for a video interview at your earliest convenience. I look forward to discussing fashion and social media marketing with you to demonstrate that I am the woman for this role. Thank you for taking the time to review my application.


Fashionista Fern”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for switching careers”

“Dear Ms. Alice Chen,

Over the past few months, I’ve volunteered to represent my company at local college recruiting events, and I had no idea how much fun job fairs could be. As I meet with eager students, collect resumes, and chat with soon-to-be graduates about business development opportunities at Sunny Sales Inc., I often find myself thinking, I wish this were my full-time job. So you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered the university recruiting coordinator opportunity with Cloud Tech!

After completing a degree in business administration, I decided to put my outgoing personality and laser-focused organizational skills to work as a business development specialist for Sunny Sales Inc. Over the past two years, I’ve sharpened my communication skills in client meetings, fine-tuned my presentation experience, and sourced more than 300 warm leads. Working in sales has given me an invaluable foundation, and now I’m ready to move from business development to recruiting.

I’m energized by the prospect of applying my interpersonal skills and sales experience to the university recruiting coordinator opportunity with Cloud Tech. I think my enthusiasm for recruiting and ability to learn on the fly will serve me well in this role. I’ve outlined how my skills might fit with your specific needs below:

  • Applicant outreach: As a business development specialist, I’m comfortable seeking out new opportunities, making cold calls, and selling potential clients on the advantages of Sunny Sales software.
  • Interviews: I make an average of 50 phone calls a day, meet with at least five clients a week, and am at my happiest when I get to interact with a lot of different personalities. I’ve also gotten to participate in 10 interviews as part of a sales panel, resulting in two new hires for our organization.
  • Application management: I track my 1,500+ business development contacts as well as activities, pipeline, and 30+ active opportunities in a customer resource management system. As an organized, tech-savvy professional, I think I’d be able to master an applicant tracking system in no time.

I’d love to learn more about your university recruiting strategy for the coming year and to discuss how my experience and recruiting exposure might benefit the Cloud Tech team. Please let me know if there’s any additional information I can provide, and thank you so much for your consideration.



Sample 5: “Cover letter for switching careers”

“Dear Mr. López,

As a trained nurse, I am excited to apply for the Medical Writer role at Wellness Company LLC. I have been a registered nurse for 10 years. I have spent the last four years of my career in the emergency department at City Hospital, which has given me hands-on experience in caring for emergency patients. I am confident this knowledge and expertise will be particularly useful for your project.

While I have enjoyed being a nurse for the past decade, this past year has been extremely stressful. This prompted me to consider other career options. I have spent the last six months learning about digital content writing for the medical field. I believe this new career will allow me a better work-life balance while still making use of my nursing and medical expertise.

To demonstrate my writing skills, I have started a blog. I’ve included a link so you can get a glimpse of my medical writing abilities.

I am curious to learn more about your mission to educate ordinary people about life-saving skills and tactics. I believe my skills would be a great asset to your team and could help you get one step closer to achieving this mission. Please let me know when you are available for a video chat. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my skill set and suitability for the role. Thank you for your consideration.


Nurse Nan”

Frequently Asked Questions: How to write a cover letter when switching careers

Can a cover letter hurt your chances?

Yes, a bad cover letter can hurt your chances just as much as a good one can help. That’s why three words can stop you cold while you’re searching for jobs: “Cover letter optional.”

What are the elements of a cover letter?

The Four Parts of a Cover Letter

  • Address the Recruiter by Name.
  • Address the Company’s Needs.
  • Tell the Recruiter Why You Want to Work Here.
  • Tell Them How to Reach You.

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