Sample Cover Letter for a New Graduate

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Here is a sample cover letter for a recent university graduate who has limited work experience.

This job seeker has spent some time teaching English overseas, but his goal is to launch a career in a new field that is unrelated to teaching.

One you've read through the example letter, scroll down to see a detailed description of the important features of the letter.

Joe Newgrad
000 Anywhere Street, City, State
(555) 000-0000

Current Date (Month Day, Year)

Ms. H. Anyone
Fake Business Development Center
000 Any Street
GenericTown, State Zip Code

Dear Ms. Anyone:

Please accept the enclosed resume in application for the special projects assistant position as advertised in the (note where you hear about the job). I understand your office offers exceptional resources to business owners, and I would welcome the opportunity to work within your organization.

As a recent graduate of Bogus University, I am keenly interested in putting my research, writing and analytical skills to work in the area of local community business development. I have lived in GenericTown for the majority of my life, and I have a deep understanding and appreciation for the unique characteristics of the local area. Through my post-secondary education, I developed strong research skills, and I have been complimented many times on my writing style.

While teaching English overseas to non-English speaking students and with a non-English speaking supervisor, I quickly developed clear, concise communication. My work style could best be described as focused and analytical, with the ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities. I am dependable, flexible and maintain a positive outlook.

In addition to the specific education, abilities and experience listed on my resume, I have strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and I am committed to achieving high standards of quality in my work.

Thank you for taking the time to review my resume. I am available at your convenience for an interview.



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Joe Newgrad

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