Cover letter by an international graduate

May, 2023

Comparability of qualifications and whether you have the legal right to work here are some of the additional details international graduates need to include in their cover letters when applying to work in the UK

You'll need to make sure you go through the correct visa procedures and obtain any work permits that are applicable to the country you wish to work in.

Most countries will recognise UK qualifications, but you should check to see if there are any comparisons you might need to refer to in your cover letter.

Like in any other cover letter you'll need to highlight your relevant skills and experience and outline how these are linked to the advertised position.

Do some research when writing your cover letter and CV, to ensure that you include everything required by employers in the region of the world where you'd like to work.

Please be aware that this is an example. Use this cover letter template to help generate ideas and structure your own document but avoid copying and pasting. Your cover letter needs to be original and tailored to the job you're applying for.

Fernando Ruiz Rua Visconde de Porto Seguro 1238 Sao Paulo-SP 04642-000 Brazil +(0)11 55 23 9 1234 4321

Dan Travis Senior design director Graphics Workshop Design House London SE1 29XP

5th May 2023

Dear Mr Travis

Re: Junior design assistant

I would like to apply for the post of junior design assistant. I am attaching my CV and samples of my work as requested in your advert.

After gaining my High School Certificate, I studied for a three-year Technological Faculty Degree (Diploma de Graduacao Tecnologica) in graphic design from the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Sao Paolo. I then went on to study a Masters in Graphic Design and Infographics at IED in Rio de Janeiro.

My Diploma project was on branding in the sports industry. For my Masters, my project centred on an infographics series for a design company. I have attended design workshops in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro and a masterclass on visual design in New York.

You can also see my designs on my website As well as the website itself, there are links to work I have done for companies in Brazil, the UK and the US including:

  • annual reports for an NGO
  • DVDs and online training packages for a financial house
  • posters for a bus company.

I have:

  • the ability to collaborate or work alone
  • experience of working with clients at all stages of the design process
  • language skills and am fluent in Portuguese and English with a working knowledge of Spanish and German.

I would very much like to work in the UK. I see from your website that Graphics Workshop has several international employees and a sponsorship licence.

I am available for an interview by Skype or telephone, before coming to England. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

(Sign your name here)

Fernando Ruiz

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