You're a student or new graduate who's looking for a job. In addition to putting together a resume, you'll need to write a good cover letter to help convince a recruiter or hiring manager to open and read your resume. To give you some ideas for what to say and how to say it, here are some cover letter examples by other students and new grads.
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Cover Letter Examples for Students and Recent Grads
Cover Letter to High School Counselor Internship
Here's a cover letter sample written by Anne, a college student who is applying for a school counselor internship to fulfill one of the requirements for her Master's degree program. It is her hope that this internship will lead to a full-time position somewhere in the school district after she graduates.
Cover Letter for a Dental Student
Linda is a first-year dental student who is looking for a job as a dental hygienist at a dental clinic. Her cover letter is brief and to the point since the basics of her dental schooling are well known to the Human Resources Director who will be reading her resume and cover letter.
Cover Letter for After-School Computer Consultant
Here's a cover letter written by a high school student named Scott. He's a computer whiz looking for part-time work. His mother's friend, Cynthia, told him about a woman who needs ongoing help with her home office computer. So Scott put together a short resume and wrote this friendly cover letter to introduce himself.
Cover Letter for Junior Sales Associate
Here's a very short cover letter that wins your heart. Why? Because this student has a child-like approach to getting a job: He loves skating and he wants a job selling skates. Andrew's resume does all the heavy lifting, with details about his after-school jobs and his skating achievements.
Cover Letter for an Entry-Level Job
I'm always pushing job seekers to use a relaxed tone in their cover letters. But sometimes a formal cover letter is the right way to go. This is one of those times.
Cover Letter Example for a Human Resources Job
There are many things I like about this cover letter example for a Human Resources job. I also have some thoughts about how to make it better. Take a look at the letter that Liz wrote, then see my version, which has a few changes.
Cover Letter for a Summer Job in Packaging
This cover letter example is for a college student, Sandra. She's looking for a summer job in the packaging department of the well known Morton Salt company. Because she doesn't have a contact at Morton Salt, she sent her resume and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources Department.
Cover Letter for Summer Job
Yes, this cover letter is short, but it contains a lot of information — all the info an employer requires to want to interview this college student for a summer job.
Email Subject: (Your name) for (Position)
(Note: Keep the email title short and simple, yet highlight the key information for the recruiter’s attention: e.g your name and the position you’re applying for.)
Dear (Salutation & Name),
I would like to express my interest in applying for the position of Marketing Associate that was recently made available in your company.
I believe that my degree in Business Administration (BSBA) majoring in Marketing from the XYZ University has prepared me for this position. As a student, I was equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to help develop and drive effective marketing strategies.
During my six months internship at ABC Company’s Marketing Department, I learned how companies determine what product or services to sell, how to reach target demographics with the aid of analytic tools and how to respond to the some of the threats from competitors. More importantly, I had the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals who taught me how to easily grasp complex marketing concepts and at certain times, how to roll with the punches in order to achieve various objectives.
I have also acquainted myself with a wide range of skills that allow me to blend with the group or team’s culture and to continuously strive to reach common goals amidst failures and setbacks.
My proudest achievement during the internship would be organising a guerilla marketing for a newly launched product. I secured a venue at GHI Shopping Mall and we conducted a social experiment to introduce the new product. We received tremendous positive response from the shoppers and 50% of the shoppers eventually purchased our product that day.
In addition, my active involvement in many academic and extracurricular activities has helped me tremendously in developing my communication and leadership skills, which are vital in finding success in the corporate world.
With this application letter, I attach herewith my resume for your full consideration. Thank you for taking time to review my application and I am looking forward to your reply so that we can further discuss my application.
(Your email address & contact number)