Sample Cover Letter for a Recent Graduate

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For recent graduates newly on the job market, writing an effective cover letter is just as important as crafting a strong resume. In a cover letter, you'll build a case for why your candidacy. A cover letter is a success when it leads to follow-up from a recruiter, human resources person, or a hiring manager. 

As a recent grad, it can sometimes be hard to know how to prove you will be a strong candidate, since you probably do not have a ton of on-the-job experience.

However, between summer jobs, campus jobs, internships, campus involvement, and volunteer work, you likely have more experience than you think. 

The following is an example of a cover letter sent by a recent college graduate. Use this for inspiration while writing your own cover letters. Also see below for more cover letter samples, and tips for emailing a cover letter and resume.

Sample Cover Letter for a Recent College Graduate

Dear Mr. Lambert,

I would like to express my interest in a position as editorial assistant for your publishing company. As a recent graduate with writing, editing, and administrative experience, I believe I am a strong candidate for a position at the 123 Publishing Company.

You specify that you are looking for someone with strong writing skills. As an English major, a writing tutor, and an editorial intern for both a government magazine and a college marketing office, I have become a skilled writer with a variety of experience.

Working as an office assistant at the Career Services Office at XYZ College has given me the skills necessary to perform various administrative tasks required of an editorial assistant. My job has helped me gain experience in making phone calls, performing ordinary office duties, and executing numerous tasks that involve computer programs such as Microsoft Access and Excel.

For three years I have carried out these responsibilities and others with organization, speed, and accuracy, and I know I will be able to apply these abilities to a position with your company.

Although I am a recent college graduate, my maturity, practical experience, and eagerness to enter the publishing business will make me an excellent editorial assistant.

I would love to begin my career with your company, and am confident that I would be a beneficial addition to the 123 Publishing Company.

I have enclosed my resume, and will call within the next week to see if we might arrange a time to speak together. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Susan Sharp
123 Main Street
XYZ Town, NY 11111
Email: susan.sharp@mail.com
Cell: 555-555-5555

How to Send an Email Cover Letter

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. (See how to set up an email signature.) Start your email message with the salutation (here are examples of appropriate salutations). 

See more information on how to apply to jobs over email.

 

Tips for Writing a Strong Cover Letter

There are two things to consider when writing a cover letter. 

The first consideration is the contents of the letter: What will you write to show that you are a strong candidate for the job? Do not copy the information in your resume precisely; instead, cherry-pick your most relevant experience and skills. Read the job ad carefully to get a sense of what the employer is looking for in candidates. It's always best if you can personalize your cover letter — explain to the hiring manager why you would like to work at this company specifically. 

Review these tips and advice for writing a strong cover letter

The second factor in a cover letter is the format: Whether you send a hard copy cover letter or an email one, it's important to format your letter correctly.

Review the essential elements of the cover letter, and follow these formatting tips to help your letter stand out

More Cover Letter Samples
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