College Grad Cover Letters

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.  

Josh Michaels
4 Church St. | Sometown, NJ 08888 | (555) 555-5555 | josh@somedomain.com


 


[date]


Katherine Yu
HR Director
ABC Company
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 josh@somedomain.com.

Thank you for your time and review of the enclosed resume, and I look forward to speaking with you.

Sincerely,



Josh Michaels
Enclosure: Resume


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Sample Cover Letter for a Recent College Graduate

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 an excellent 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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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