By Michelle Wanjiku
David* a recent graduate looking to start applying for graduate trainee positions in the course of this year asked how he should go about writing a graduate trainee cover letter.
This is quite common among our readers seeing that most of them are fresh graduates without much experience which always leaves them wondering what to include on the cover letter.
Rebecca Nyawira a professional CV writer says that because you lack of experience, your graduate trainee cover letter should instead focus on your academic qualifications, internships and any extra training you may have had. This, she advises helps sell your suitability for the position.
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What to consider when writing a graduate trainee cover letter
1. Grammatical Errors
It is important to remember that a cover letter is an important part of your application and could be the difference between you getting the job and you missing out. Your graduate trainee cover letter should be well written with no grammatical errors.
Always make a point of going through your cover letter numerous times before sending it out.
The language used should be simple and should be able to convey your message with ease. The graduate trainee cover letter is your opportunity to show the hiring manager that you are the best possible fit for the position.
The first paragraph or two of your graduate trainee cover letter should be about you. Tell the employer why you are qualified for the position.
The next one should state why you are interested in the position and the company.
You should list all your qualifications (the little that you have) in a manner that shows you are the perfect fit for the position.
Ensure the formatting you use is simple enough since hiring managers do not really care about fancy fonts and colours.
5. Avoid Clichés
Avoid generalized clichés in your graduate trainee cover letter as well. For example do not use generic statements such as, “I am a very good team player.”
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Here is a sample Graduate Trainee Cover Letter
P.O. Box 56987- 00100
10th October, 2017.
The Human Resource Manager,
Box 38562– 00100,
Dear Mr Maina,
RE: APPLICATION FOR GRADUATE TRAINEE FINANCE POSITION
I hereby submit my application for the finance graduate trainee position at your organisation as advertised on Career Point Kenya. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce – Finance from University of Nairobi in April last year.
I am confident that your organisation’s graduate trainee programme will enable me to gain valuable experience in the industry.
I have worked as an intern at KLM Company where I had the chance to work as part of a team in order to meet deadlines. This opportunity gave me the chance to gain excellent numerical & analytical skills that are required to work in this industry.
I was also able to sharpen my communication skills which are important when building professional networks both with colleagues and clients. I therefore, welcome the opportunity to work with you in order to build my skills as well as to ensure continuity of your exceptional service to your clients.
I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss this opportunity further with you. Please find enclosed my CV for your consideration.
Courtesy of Corporate Staffing Services a leading recruitment firm in Kenya.
Your graduate trainee cover letter is the most important part of your application and as such it should be written with great care and consideration to what the organisation is looking for in a candidate. This is the only way you will be able to show that you are uniquely qualified for the position.