Sample Cover Letter - College Senior

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A cover letter for your first professional position after graduation should highlight both your academic experiences and your past work, if you have it. Include your academic concentration, especially if it's relevant to the position you're applying for, along with your personal experience.

Cover Letter Challenges for College Seniors

How do you build a convincing cover letter when your work experience consists of perhaps working as a lifeguard, cat sitting or volunteering in a hospital?

How does that translate into a hiring opportunity for real work? Here are some tips from on "How To Write A Cover Letter When You Have No Experience."

1. Opening paragraph: Introduce yourself, specify the job you're applying for, state how you learned about it, and whether a personal connection referred you. For example: My name is Bob and I’m a senior at UCLA, majoring in communications. I saw a flyer in my department about the entry level job at The Tribune.

2. Second paragraph: Establish a connection between you and the employer. Read the company's blog posts, at least a dozen over time; research their social media presence. Look up everything you can about them online. Then describe how your background meets the job description. Use results-oriented examples when possible. For example: “I see you’re looking for a self-starter. I ran a crowdfunding campaign that successfully raised $3000 to buy five computers for a local shelter.

3. Third paragraph: State how your personal traits make you a good fit for the job. Are you an entrepreneur, a whiz with languages, a natural with kids? Use short anecdotes to illustrate your examples.

Sample Cover Letter for a College Senior

Dear Mr. Smith,

I am a senior at the State University interested in interviewing for a job as a Marketing Assistant with The X Company.

I believe that The X Company fosters the ideal culture in which to pursue my goal of becoming an innovative and responsible arts administrator. I'd like to contribute to The X Company's outstanding record as a center for exhibition and discussion of contemporary art and culture.

Academically, my extensive course work in the art history department at the State University enabled me to gain an understanding and appreciation for your company exhibits. I also have studied broader elements of arts management, including audience development and fundraising as a part of my recent arts management class. As a part of that course, I worked for the BCE Museum examining their marketing strategies, as well as those of other institutions, in an effort to create effective promotion for their upcoming exhibition. This rewarding experience sharpened my desire to continue in this field and helped me develop the necessary skills to become an effective arts administrator. I have also spent time working for BCE Museum as a survey assistant which further strengthened my interest in museum studies.

My previous summer work experience as a staff reporter for The Tribune newspaper, along with my experience working for my school's paper, provided me with a strong base for effective communication and helped me learn to multi-task, writing about a diverse range of topics, working efficiently, and further developing my interest in strong marketing.

Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to speaking with you in person about the position.

Your Name

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