College student cover letter sample
Writing a cover letter for that first job after school is particularly difficult—and particularly important. This sample can help.
College Graduate Cover Letter Sample
Writing a cover letter for that first job after school is kind of a catch 22. On one hand, you don't have much material to work with; on the other, you need a strong resume to get you in the door.
Don't fret: Lots of people have done this before you and gone on to amazing careers. You'll just want to highlight what you've learned in school, side jobs or internships that is relevant to the position. View our college graduate cover letter sample below as a guideline, and if you need more help, Monster's partners at TopResume can help you create a high-impact resume and cover letter.
4 Church St. | Sometown, NJ 08888 | (555) 555-5555 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 enhance my credentials in my chosen 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 backgrounds
- A track record of excellent performance as a part-time/summer employee concurrent with full-time college enrollment
I would very much like to meet in person to share more of my qualifications and learn more about your HR support needs. Please feel free to call me at (555) 555-5555 or email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time and review of the enclosed resume, and I look forward to speaking with you.
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Once you decide to start exploring opportunities outside academe, you may need to recreate your CV as a resume. A resume is typically 1-2 pages, though the length and content depend greatly on the job you seek.
To get started, take a look at our two resume and cover letter guides:
Watch the “How to Write a Resume” tutorial—while designed for Harvard undergraduates, it is appropriate for graduate students, too.
Next, check out the calendar for resume and cover letter workshops, drop-in resume reviews, and other nonacademic job search events. If you cannot attend our group programs, consider meeting with an adviser to get feedback on your materials.
It is never too early to begin putting together your CV, whether you plan to use it to apply for teaching fellow positions on campus, research opportunities, postdoctoral fellowships, or academic jobs. Be sure to keep an archival version (for your eyes only) that documents all details of everything you've done. Then, selectively include the most important and relevant information when you tailor your CV for a specific opportunity.
To get started:
Next, check out our calendar for our CV and cover letter workshops and drop-in CV reviews. Also consider meeting with an adviser to get feedback on your application materials. Read and consult samples in The Academic Job Search Handbook, available at OCS and online through the Harvard library system.
Note that OCS advisers are generalists, working with all 50+ GSAS departments. It is always a good idea to have your CV reviewed by someone in your department, ideally by a junior faculty member or postdoctoral fellow who has been on the job market within the last several years and is up-to-date on current trends in your discipline.