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College Grad Cover Letter Sample
No matter where you are in your career, a strong cover letter will help you make your case to potential employers. View our college grad cover letter sample below, or let an expert write your resume and cover letter with Monster’s Resume Writing Service.
June 4, 2008
Katherine Yu HR Director ABC Company 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 further enhance my credentials in the 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 cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- A track record of excellent performance as a part-time/summer employee concurrent with full-time college enrollment.
- Technical proficiency in database programs (including Oracle) and MS Office Suite.
If you agree that my services would be valuable to ABC Company, I would very much like to meet in person to 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.
This article originally appeared in Monster’s Career Advice Section.
It’s always safe to include a cover letter when submitting your resume or job application, even when a position does not specify that a cover letter is required. The problem is that cover letters take time to write because you really do want to think about why you want to work for that organization and how you could benefit them.
It’s tempting to use a traditional structure for your cover letter and simply insert a company name where needed, but you’ll most certainly be wasting your time if you do this. Employers will read right through it and you will have lost yet an hour or two submitting another application that you won’t hear back from. They want to know there’s an interesting person on the other side of that letter who may actually be great to work with. So how can you deviate from the norm to really showcase more of your personality? Read on.
Establish a Connection
Right out of the gate, explain your connection to the organization. If you’ve had contact with the organization through a meet up, networking event, info session, or informational interview, say it. You should explain how much enjoyed hearing from or meeting someone from the organization and a bit about why that influenced you to apply. If someone recommended that you apply or referred you, mention him or her as well.
A common mistake that I see on cover letters is when people simply restate what is on their resume. Don’t do that. Instead, explicitly say what skills or expertise you have and provide an example or a story of a time when you demonstrated that. Quantify your concrete accomplishments here so that the employer can see the impact of your work. Connect it back to the position you are applying for by explaining why it is relevant or helpful to this new organization.
Use Appropriate Language
It’s best to err on the side of caution and write with a formal tone, but be careful that you aren’t getting stuffy or using played-out buzzwords. Use plain English that people can read quickly and understand. For example, instead of writing:
“I’m a forward-thinking, innovative engineer who is seeking to utilize my skills to disrupt the automotive industry.”
Try something more like:
"As someone who’s always loved cars, I’m excited about the opportunity to apply my engineering skills in manufacturing design to the auto industry."
You want to make sure that you address the major skills and qualifications that the employer is asking for in the job description, but use your own words to do so. Nothing is worse than simply re-reading the job description that has been copy and pasted into a cover letter.
Cover letters that show your true personality take time to write, but are worth it in the end. Employers will recognize your sincere approach and appreciate the effort you put into the application.