Sample Career Office Referral Cover Letters

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Employers who actively recruit college graduates often post jobs directly with the career services or alumni office as part of the organization's university recruiting program. When mentioning a referral by the office in your cover letter, the job could be posted online, you may have found out about it in a campus information meeting, or you could have discussed it with a recruiter at a campus or off-site career fair.

When applying for a job listed by your college career office, it's important to mention that you were referred by career services. Your application should get close attention because the employer is expecting to receive applications from candidates from your school.

Your letter should include:

  • How you learned about the opportunity
  • Why you are qualified
  • What you can offer the company
  • How you will follow-up

Review sample entry level cover letters for a college student or graduate to apply to jobs posted through a career office.

Tip: If you need help drafting a letter or would like a resume review, check with the staff in the career office to see if they can assist.

Sample Career Office Referral Cover Letter #1

FirstName LastName
Name University
Street
City, State Zip
cell: 555-555-5555

Date

FirstName LastName
Job Title
Company
Street
City, State Zip

Dear Mr. LastName:

Please accept my application for the counselor position you posted through the ABCD University Career Services Office.

With my background in psychology and a strong interest in art, I am confident that I would make a very successful role model for the children in your program. Last summer, I worked for the Children's Museum where I worked with children in the creative process as they created paintings and sculptures.

I also completed an internship at the Brown School, where I worked closely with the Art Teacher in implementing class projects.

I would welcome the opportunity to make a similar contribution to XYZ Organization. I find working with children to enhance their growth and development through creative activities very rewarding.

I would appreciate meeting with you for further consideration, after you review my enclosed resume.

Sincerely,

Signature

FirstName LastName

Sample Career Office Referral Cover Letter #2

FirstName LastName

City, State Zip
Phone
Email

Date

Name
Job Title
Company
Street
City, State Zip

Dear Mr. Name:

My proven track record of successfully performing complex analyses on various corporations makes me an ideal candidate for the Analyst opportunity that you listed through the Name University Career Services Office.

You specify that you are looking for someone with leadership, quantitative, analytical, and communication skills. Last summer, I was given the opportunity to intern at First Real Estate Corporation.

I worked within the Real Estate Finance Group, and assisted staff with problems arising from the misinterpretation of leases to miscalculation of rent schedules. As a result, I played an active role within the group and helped them to solve these issues. This process involved using the quantitative and analytical skills that I acquired through actively participating in coursework for my Business-Economics major.

My ability to work well as part of the team also related to my success within this group. These attributes, combined with my enthusiasm to learn, were essential to my contributions and success during this internship.

I believe that I can apply the same skills within my internship last summer to a position within your company. I look forward to discussing the position with you in more detail. I will call next week to see if you agree that my qualifications seem to be a match for the position. If so, I hope to schedule an interview at a mutually convenient time. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Signature

FirstName LastName

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