How to explain the work gap in a cover letter(4 samples)

This blog post will show you how to explain a work gap in a cover letter.

How to explain a work gap in a cover letter

An employment gap may be a red flag to your potential employer. A well-written cover letter is the most effective way to address any concerns your potential employer may have about your readiness for a job. When writing the cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Explain the employment gap. Be honest and keep your explanation brief and direct. Highlight the value you will bring to the company.
  • State your skills and work experience gained during the gap; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for work gaps”

“Dear [Hiring Manager Name],

I am so excited to see that [company] is seeking a [job title] to join their team. My experience in [list web design experiences] and expertise with [list skill] and [list skill] would make me a great addition to your team.

Seven months ago, ABC Enterprise made the difficult decision to dissolve its operations, so I am currently available for immediate employment. I am enthusiastic about pursuing my career in software development and was very excited when I learned about your vacancy as it’s a perfect match with my qualifications and career goals.

I admire your [discuss one of the company’s projects or values]. I would be thrilled to join your team because [reasons you are excited about the company]. With my ability to [list skills that are relevant to the position], I’m confident I can help your company [list specific ways you would help the company].

I’m eager to chat about my skills and qualifications. I have attached my resume and included a link to my portfolio. Please feel free to contact me at [contact information]. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.



Sample 2: “Cover letter for work gaps”

“Henry Wincent

Walmart recruiting office



I am interested in the Walmart position posted on Craigslist. After taking some time off from my career to undergo surgery, I left XYZ Corp. to focus on my recovery. As I regained my strength, I signed up for relevant online classes to stay current in the industry. Now fully recovered, I am motivated to return to the full-time workforce and confident that I will be a valuable asset to your team.

As a manager, I have developed excellent people skills and have a working knowledge of many business related computer programs. I am responsible for the day to day operations of the bakery department, including the training and coaching of employees, ordering supplies, implementation of a filing system. I have office experience from a previous position within my present company. I have performed a range of duties, including typing, filing, data entry, and supply tracking. I have demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills and have proven myself skilled at balancing multiple assignments.

My strong work ethic and desire to learn and improve position me to excel in this role. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the position and my qualifications in greater detail.

Thank you,

Chris Norton”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for work gaps”

“Dear hiring manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the cashier position that you have available at your store. I believe that my experience as a cashier, along with my customer service skills and positive attitude, make me an ideal candidate for this position.

I took time away from my professional career to care for an elderly relative. After a year, my family decided to hire a full-time caregiver, so I no longer need to be present. I am now fully available to work and very excited when I learn about your job opportunity, as it’s a perfect match for my qualifications and career goals.

My customer service skills are another strength that I bring to the table. I enjoy interacting with people and helping them find what they need. I am also very friendly and approachable, which makes customers feel comfortable when they come to me for assistance. My positive attitude helps me stay calm even when things get hectic behind the register.

I would love the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss my qualifications and why I would be a good fit for this position. I am available at your convenience by phone or email. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for work gaps”

“Dear Ms. Patricia Warren,

I am applying for the position of Wealth Manager at Citizens Financial Group and I am confident that I am the best candidate for this job.

After taking a break to start my own family, I am eager to continue my career now that my children are all school-aged. To keep my skills and connections current, I participated in various volunteer works, including leadership roles in charitable organizations. I am confident that the ability I have gained thus far will allow me to succeed as the next potential Wealth Manager of your firm.

I have a master’s degree in business administration and many years of experience working as an investment analyst. I have a Chartered Financial Analyst license and a great understanding of the trade market. My experience includes using the latest computer software and financial tools available and I stay current on all new technology that pertains to this profession.

I have very strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to help clients understand their financial situation. I can explain what course of action they need to take in order to maintain the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to and in order to reach their financial goals.

I have the ability to plan both long and short-term investments for your company and the knowledge to make good sound decisions concerning your finances. I have included my resume with a complete look at my background and references that will attest to my reliability, honesty and professionalism.

You can reach me by calling (555)-555-5555 to set up a meeting where we can talk about this position and what I have to offer your company in more detail.


Ernesto Ayala”

Frequently Asked Questions: How to explain a work gap in a cover letter

How do I write an application letter to a worker?

“All my experience and skills would make me a great new addition to your establishment. I have attached my resume, which contains a more in-depth look at my experiences and skills. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to visit your restaurant for an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

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.”

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