First-year cover letters: 16 examples
Your cover letter should entice the reader to want to learn more about you through reviewing your resume and essentially wanting toinvite you to interview. You should briefly highlight/ demonstrate the skills you know they are seeking, based on your research andthe job description. Its important to “show” vs. “tell” that you have analytical skills, good communication skills, etc. Each letter shouldconclude with a call for action, whether requesting to be added to an interview schedule, saying you will call to follow up to schedulean informational meeting, etc. Please
use the cover letter samples verbatim. Each cover letter should be genuine andunique. Being sincere is a critical component to having an effective cover letter and each should be customized for the company youare sending it to.
Cover Letter 2
<Date><Prospective Employer Address>
I am enclosing my resume for your consideration in response to our recent conversationconcerning brand marketing opportunities within Pepsi. As you may recall, I am a first-yearstudent at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business interested in pursuing asummer internship position in marketing with a premier consumer products company. I was veryimpressed to hear your insights about Pepsi as well as the outstanding reputation the companyholds in the industry.My goal is to find a challenging position in a consumer products company in the New York areathat is highly competitive in its marketing approach, has a history of hiring and developing topquality people, and demands excellence from all members of its brand marketing teams.My success at Citibank depended on my ability to establish strong relationships with clients,members of various internal departments, and outside individuals such as lawyers andaccountants. I was able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in the face of severe time deadlines. As a member of client teams, I participated in putting together clientpresentations, competitor analyses and marketing material for our sales force.I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to further discuss summer opportunitieswhen I am in the New York area. I plan to be in town the week of January 10
, but could arrangea visit sooner if that would be more convenient. I will call you on <Date> to find out if this canbe arranged. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.Sincerely,
<Applicant><Email Address><Phone number>
While your resume is important, nothing makes you stand out more than a well-written cover letter. A strong one can highlight your attention to detail, work ethic and passion for the industry. And while most job postings request a resume and cover letter, many candidates skip sending one because they seem too complicated; this is a mistake. A cover letter is your opportunity to sell yourself as a great candidate.
It's important to tailor your cover letter to each job opportunity. A hiring manager will quickly recognize if you've used a form template; taking the time to write a unique letter shows dedication and real interest in the role.
Include details from the job description and use examples from your coursework or other work experience to show how you would succeed in the position's responsibilities. That is a level of detail most candidates will skip and will impress hiring managers.
32 Willow Street
Willow Creek, NY 12900
(Home) (232) 456 - 3425
(Cell) (971) 567 - 3421
Mr. George Gray
Assistant Vice President Asset Management Division
120 Spring Street
Rochester, NY 12900
Dear Mr. Gray:
I am very excited about applying for the summer analyst internship program with Goldman Sachs that was advertised in Sunday’s Rochester Herald. Bill Hershey recommended that I apply for the internship since the qualifications directly match my educational experience, interest, and skills.
I am currently a junior at the University of Rochester majoring in business with a concentration in finance. Throughout my college career, I have excelled in all of my finance courses and my professors have recommended that I serve as a tutor for students requiring assistance with class assignments. My courses have provided me with a strong background in the methodologies required for successfully analyzing and synthesizing important financial information and in preparing documentation to assist management when making critical business decisions. I am a quick learner and enjoy the challenges of doing comparative, quantitative, and cash - flow analysis in addition to portfolio and asset management and financial modeling and asset valuation. I believe my strengths in these areas would serve me well as an intern in Goldman Sach’s summer program.
In addition to my relevant coursework, my internship with Merrill Lynch provided me with a great opportunity to use my knowledge and skills and apply them to the real world. I very much enjoyed assisting customers with their financial decision - making and I found that my excellent interpersonal skills served me well when dealing with challenging clients. I was invited to return this summer as an intern but I am especially excited about the summer program that Goldman Sachs offers students and I feel that this opportunity would provide me with additional knowledge and skills that will add to my abilities to positively serve clients in the field.
Thank you for your time and interest and I look forward to hearing from you. I will call in one week to discuss my qualifications and see if you have any questions for me at that time.