As a fresh graduate or someone with less than 2 years work experience, writing a cover letter can be tricky. This is because the cover letter is what determines whether the hiring manager looks at your CV or not.
Your cover letter should show that you are qualified for the position and that you are the right fit. However, because they do not have a lot of experience most people end up writing sub standard cover letters.
So how do you go about writing a cover letter as an entry level job seeker?
How To Go About Writing A Sample Cover Letter For An Entry Level Job
1. Address the Hiring Manager
This is very important when it comes to writing a cover letter. Take your time to do research to find out exactly who will be receiving your application.
You should try as much as you can to address the hiring manager by name.
This way you avoid the generic Dear Sir/Madam salutation and just address them by their name. It will also help show the hiring manager that you are really interested in the position because you took initiative.
So for example instead of using Dear Sir/Madam use something like Dear, Wanjiku.
2. Tailor your cover letter to your industry
Most people make the mistake of using a general cover letter to apply for jobs. By this I mean for every job you apply for, you have to write a cover letter.
Every position is different because the job description is different. Therefore, it goes without saying that your cover letter should be different as well.
3. Show that you add value to the Company
In order to convince a hiring manger to look at your CV and consider you for the job, you need to show that you will be an asset to the company.
All companies hire to benefit themselves so if you want to get a chance you need to show them that hiring you will benefit them.
So in your Cover letter you need to avoid focusing on how the company will help you grow and instead focus on showing them that you will add value to them.
Here Is A Sample Entry Level Cover Letter To Help Guide You.
“Your Name Here”
P.O Box 42-20300
3rd September, 2015
The Human Resource Manager
XYZ Company ltd
P.0 Box 35 – 00000
RE: APPLICATION FOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER POSITION
As a highly motivated and detail oriented individual, I wish to express my interest in the position advertised on your company website for a Communications Officer. I believe my outstanding interpersonal and public speaking skills that I developed during my course work and attachment at XYZ Company make me stand out as the best candidate for this position.
You mentioned that you are looking for a candidate with graphic design skills and a team player. During my course work and attachment period I was tasked with assignments where I had to make presentations and come up with publications, all of which required I work with teams and learn a new set of skills that I did not have before.
In addition to my Mass Communication Degree, Public Relations major, I have participated in writing contests through PRSK where I was able to grow both my writing and presentation skills that will come in handy in this position.
Attached please find my CV for your consideration. I look forward to an interview with you where we can discuss the value I will be bringing to your company. You can reach me on this number (give contact).
“Your Name Here”
Online applications do not require your signature but if it’s a hard copy application, remember to include the signature.
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