Cover letter for underqualified(4 samples)

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

How to write a cover letter when you are underqualified

The best format for writing a cover letter when you are underqualified is as follows:

  • 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. 
  • Be Honest About Your Chances.
  • Talk about the qualifications you have and highlight your achievements.
  • Share what makes you unique.
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1:

“Your Name


Phone Number

Email Address


Dear Mr/Ms./Mrs. (Last name),

I am writing this letter in response to your advertisement, seeking application for the post of XXX (post you are applying for) with your organization.

I understand the position demands XXX, XXX,XXX (a few key skills mentioned in the advertisement) and to address those demands, I will humbly share the following experience of mine that I feel makes me suitable for this position:

(List a  few of your experiences that are relevant to key skills advertised for the job)

Following are few of my achievements that I would like to share with you

(List a few of your professional achievements and rewards that you have been conferred)

As an individual, I always have a passion to learn new things and am constantly driven by new challenges. To me, a successful professional is one who is ready to move out of his/her comfort zone and this attribute perfectly suits my personality.

I have always aspired to take up a profile that you have mentioned in the advertisement and I am excited for being a part of your esteemed organization.

I am attaching my curriculum vitae along with for your kind perusal. I shall look forward for a meeting with you to discuss more about my suitability with your open position.

Thanking You


Sample 2:


Authority name/Position name…

Institute Name…

Institute Address…

Respected Sir,

As a hardworking and keen person, I am writing this letter to apply for a job in your company. It came to my knowledge through an advertisement in the newspaper (Job news source) that you require skilled recruits for this position. I have all skills and required experience for the job. I am able to meet deadlines, perform tasks in the team or as an individual and adapt myself to any given situation.

Unfortunately, despite having a professional suitability for the mentioned job, I do not own a proper qualification as demanded in the advertisement. Therefore, I humbly request for a chance to prove my capability in person. I am sure I can convince you of my skills and change your mind about the required qualifications because I know as much as anyone with that qualification would.

I am looking forward to an interview as that is the only way for me to present you with my talents. I will call soon to inquire about the status of my candidacy.

Yours obediently,



Contact no…


Sample 3:

“Dear Mr. Hennessy, 

My name is John Young, and I’m applying for a software engineering position at your company. I’m excited about your organization’s mission to change the world, and I’m passionate about your tech stack that includes Scala, Java, React, and Python, all languages I’ve used in the past. 

Recently, I took a year-long hiatus to aid my friend who launched a startup accelerator. During that time, I learned quite a bit about business strategy and going from zero to one hundred while working on a very limited budget. I’m confident that I can turn those skills into new products for your company. 

I’m prepared to get back into the game and restart my career as a software engineer in your beautiful city. I’m positive that I’m the perfect person to lead your middle-out engineering team. I would love to schedule a meeting and discuss this further.”

Sample 4:

“Dear Ms. Garcia,

Blending a formal background in marketing with proven success in retail sales and customer service roles, I am looking to transition into public relations and believe I would make a great fit for the advertised position of Public Relations Specialist at your company.

Having both used and sold your products, I am already well versed in your brand and both present and past years’ offerings. I have followed with excitement as you launched in European and Asian markets and incorporated an international feel into your product line. I would bring both passion and expertise to championing your company with the press and public.

I am already trained in creating buzz and awareness through social media channels including Twitter and Facebook. When my sales team decided to participate in Walk for a Cure three years ago, we used social media to heighten our sponsorship support and raised more than $20K for the event.

Confident my transferable skills make me a solid candidate for this opening, I respectfully submit my resume for your review and request a meeting to discuss the opportunity further. I will make myself available at your convenience and look forward to your call to arrange a time. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you need a cover letter when applying for a job?

Yes. A cover letter showcases how well you communicate and provides more information about who you are as a person.

What should a cover letter contain?

The main purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself, mention the job you’re applying for and show that your skills and experience match the needed skills and experience for the job.

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