Careers advice > Cover letter examples: career break

Cover letter examples: career break

Career break cover letter template

Making the decision to return to work after a long period of absence can be tricky. With a gap in your CV and the possibility that you’ve missed out on the latest trends in your industry, you'll need to convince an employer that now is the time for you to return to working life.

Getting your cover letter right is the first step to securing your return, so make it stand out from the crowd with these simple tips.

Want more help? Talk to the experts from CV KnowHow.

Why do you want to return to work?

It's important to explain why you were absent from work, so it doesn't look like a suspicious gap on your CV.

Perhaps you took some time off to bring up a family, went travelling or pursued a personal project. Whatever it is, go into brief detail about what you've been up to, but be clear and emphatic about why now is the right time to make the return. It's important to convince an employer that you're committed to a long-term position, so be enthusiastic about making a return.


Did you learn any transferable skills during your time out?

The chances are that no matter what you were doing on your career break, you will have picked up valuable skills along the way that can be applied to a new job.

For instance if you raised a family, you could talk about aspects of forward planning and budgeting that have been important to you. If you went travelling, perhaps you learned to communicate and work together with new people, or learned lots about different cultures. If you worked on a personal project, it's likely you'll have learned valuable lessons in motivation and planning your time.


Talk about your achievements before the break

Highlight the work you did before you took the career break, making sure that where possible you describe quantifiable achievements and improvements you made while in the role.

If you're applying for a job in the same, or similar, industry, it's good to mention why you're enthusiastic about that sector and why you want to return to it.

However, if you've decided to try your hand at something else, avoid negativity and describe how you're ready for a new challenge.


What are your ambitions now you're back?

You've had some time out, but you're now keen to get back into the working world – now's the time to say what you want to achieve in this role, and further down the line. Showing commitment to a long-term career indicates you're unlikely to take a lot of time off again in the future, making you a more desirable candidate. Show plenty of ambition, but try not to go over the top.


Highlight immediate ability to start

One likely advantage you'll have other others with notice periods is your immediate availability to start in the role. Make sure you point this out in your cover letter, as well as any flexibility you can show to work unusual hours, such as weekends.


Not the right cover letter for you? Check out our other free templates
and download the one that suits you.


Related articles:

Download the cover letter!

Want to get working on your cover letter? Then download the template here.

Download our templates

Get expert CV help

The Fuller CV

Struggling to turn your experience into a great CV? Our friends at CV KnowHow can help you - their team of expert CV writers are ready to talk to you today and help you create the perfect CV.

Get your CV rewritten by an expert

Upload your CV

 Upload your CV

When you've written your CV, it's time to upload it. Apply for the latest jobs and get noticed by employers.

Balancing work and family?

Work and family 

You can still spend time with your family when they need you by taking parental leave.