College student cover letter sample
Writing a cover letter for that first job after school is particularly difficult—and particularly important. This sample can help.
College Graduate Cover Letter Sample
Writing a cover letter for that first job after school is kind of a catch 22. On one hand, you don't have much material to work with; on the other, you need a strong resume to get you in the door.
Don't fret: Lots of people have done this before you and gone on to amazing careers. You'll just want to highlight what you've learned in school, side jobs or internships that is relevant to the position. View our college graduate cover letter sample below as a guideline, and if you need more help, Monster's partners at TopResume can help you create a high-impact resume and cover letter.
4 Church St. | Sometown, NJ 08888 | (555) 555-5555 | email@example.com
1530 State St.
Anytown, NJ 08999
Dear Ms. Yu:
Your advertisement for an HR assistant fits my qualifications perfectly, and I am writing to express my interest in and enthusiasm for the position.
After completing a business degree from Rutgers University in May, I enrolled in a human resource development program to enhance my credentials in my chosen field. Course highlights include: Leadership in an Organizational Setting, Performance & Task Analysis in Human Resource Development, and Technology in HR Settings.
Based on your description of the ideal candidate, I also offer:
- A solid educational foundation in organizational development, employee training and development skills and knowledge of how to use technology to improve individual/organizational performance
- A proven ability to build rapport with individuals from all backgrounds
- A track record of excellent performance as a part-time/summer employee concurrent with full-time college enrollment
I would very much like to meet in person to share more of my qualifications and learn more about your HR support needs. Please feel free to call me at (555) 555-5555 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time and review of the enclosed resume, and I look forward to speaking with you.
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A good cover letter can make a positive impact when applying for a business administration position. The aim of your cover letter is to attract the attention of the recruiter immediately to maximize your chances of securing an interview. A well- written letter will help your application stand out from the competition by highlighting your skills, experience, personal qualities and enthusiasm for the job. Guidelines for a good cover letter are the same regardless of the type of post applied for so following these steps will give you a valuable opportunity to sell yourself for maximum impact.
First Impressions Count
Address the letter correctly to a named recipient. You should avoid at all costs a generic salutation such as "Dear Sir or Madam." Contact the recruiting company or agent to confirm a name, if necessary. Use the first line of your letter to state the post you are applying for and why you should be considered. For example, "I would like to be considered for the post of business administrator because my skills and experience match those described in your ad. Enclosed is a copy of my current resume, but I would like to draw your attention some key aspects of my experience in support of my candidacy."
Why They Should Choose You
The second paragraph is your opportunity to appeal directly to the recruiter. Tell him why you're attracted to the job, and why you should be considered for interview. For example, "As business coordinator with John Smith Contracts, I maintained efficient office records of all incoming orders and ensured account statements were issued accurately and on time at the end of each accounting period. I believe I can apply these skills in this more senior role with your company to bring added value to your operations."
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
Use the next paragraph to outline in more detail your skills, qualifications and experience as they relate to the new opportunity. Refer to the role profile or person specification when you're writing this section, as it is helpful to provide clear examples of where you match the role requirements. The recruiter is looking for evidence that you can do the job, so be as specific as possible. For example, "My experience running and dispatching monthly account statements is evidence of my attention to detail. My financial management qualifications also ensure that I understand the meaning of each statement and can be certain of their accuracy."
End your letter with a final confirmation that you are interested in the post and that you would be very pleased to discuss your application in more detail at an interview. Thank the recipient for her time taken to read your application and indicate any days when you may not be available for interview.
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