How to Write a Cover Letter for an Entry-Level Analyst Position

Highlight Your Education and Strong Analytical Skills

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As an entry-level business analyst, your cover letter should highlight previous work and educational experience. Since your job will deal largely with data and reports, you should include examples of the technical business skills you have utilized during your education and previous positions. Try to address as closely as possible the requirements stated in the job description for the best chance at gaining an interview.

What to Include in Your Cover Letter

Sometimes, you will have a reference or referral from someone you know, and you should include it early in your cover letter. Having someone vouch for you can make the difference in scoring an interview, especially at the entry level, so if you know someone with a contact at your target company, reach out to them to get an endorsement.

In your cover letter, it is appropriate to give more detail about certain aspects of the qualifications and experiences that you mention in your resume. You have the opportunity to explain how certain skills were applied during internships and previous positions, or you can mention specific projects that you worked on as a part of your coursework that you feel are relevant to the open position.

Remember that your cover letter works together with your resume to present you as a well qualified candidate. Strive to use your cover letter to enhance and provide detail to the most important aspects of your resume, as they relate to the job you are applying for.

The following is a cover letter example for an entry-level analyst position. You can use this cover letter as a guide, adjusting the details to fit your circumstances and the specific job you are applying for.

Entry Level Analyst Cover Letter Example

Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
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Company
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Dear Mr./Ms. Lastname,

I would like to express my interest in an entry-level analyst position with XYZ Company. Throughout my job search and conversations with investment advisors, I have come to respect the professionalism that characterizes your firm and its employees. I am confident that XYZ Company’s values and objectives would highly complement my own strengths and enthusiasm. I would like to be considered for your Investment Banking Analyst Program, or a similar position that requires refined analytical and communication skills.

I was impressed to learn of your recent acquisition of Hamburg Group, a tactic which I see as indicative of  XYZ Company’s commitment to achieving growth and success in the future. Innovative and exciting approaches such as this, coupled with XYZ Company’s highly regarded Analyst Program, convinced me that this is the ideal environment to begin my business career.

Evidence of my leadership and analytical skills can be seen in my responsibilities as analyst intern at ABC Company, and my commitment to academics.

My educational background in government and business, combined with my internship experiences, has been excellent preparation for an analyst career with XYZ Company.

Please review the enclosed resume and references, and consider my application for your Investment Banking Analyst program. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in New York and explore the company environment, as well as possible job opportunities. I will call your office next week to discuss these possibilities.

I look forward to exchanging ideas with you concerning a career at XYZ Company and the positive contributions I would offer as a member of your organization.

Thank you for your consideration.

Signature (hard copy letter)

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How to Send an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending a cover letter via email, the format will vary from that of a traditional written letter. The subject line should contain your name and the job title:

Subject: Entry Level Analyst Position - Firstname Lastname

Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation. The body of the letter will be exactly the same as in a written cover letter. Do not use abbreviations, and be sure to proofread thoroughly.

If you are applying for the job by email make sure that you follow the directions completely. Different companies prefer that your documents be presented in different formats- some will request Word documents, others will want them in a PDF, others may specify something else. Your application won’t make it through the screening process if you don’t follow the directions, no matter how qualified you may be, so read carefully and make sure you understand them.

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