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.
Writing a cover letter as a recent college graduate can seem difficult, because you have limited work experience. However, there are ways to show the employer that you are an ideal candidate for the job. Read below for advice on writing a cover letter for an entry-level job as a college graduate, as well as an example letter.
Your Contact Information
City, State, Zip Code
Employer Contact Information
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
I am writing to apply for the position of Media Relations Assistant Manager, which I saw advertised on MediaJobs.com. ABCD is a fast-moving global institution and an outstanding communications pioneer, now poised to guide the direction of print journalism. I believe that my extensive experience in media makes me an ideal candidate for this position at your company.
As a recent graduate of the State University, I have a significant background in media. As a media major, I held multiple internships, including Media Relations Coordinator Intern at XYZ Company. I also served as president of the Media and Marketing Club at school. We successfully developed and pitched an advertisement campaign for a local nonprofit, which helped increase donations to the nonprofit by 22 percent.
You state in your job listing that you are looking for someone with strong writing skills and an attention to detail. Throughout all four years of college, I worked part-time as a copy editor for an online journal. This job required great attention to detail in writing and editing. I would love to bring my editing skills to a position with your company.
These strengths, combined with deep and varied academic, internship, and employment experience, prepare me to make a strong and immediate impact at ABCD.
I am excited about the opportunity to join the ABCD team as it moves to the center of the print media conversation. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Your Signature (hard copy letter)
Your Typed Name
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation.