Cover letters are a very helpful tool for recent college graduates who are seeking an entry-level position with no/limited experience. An entry-level cover letter is important because it can make you stand out to potential employers and help you receive your first job offer after college. In this article, we discuss what an entry level cover letter is, how to write one and provide a template and example of a completed entry-level cover letter.
What is a Cover Letter
An entry-level cover letter is a document to add to your work portfolio that identifies your knowledge and skills and how they make you the best candidate for a job. You should use an entry-level cover letter along with your resume during a job search to make an impactful first impression. The hiring manager will likely use your resume and cover letter to form an opinion about you as a candidate before they ever meet you.
What to Add in Cover Letter
Because your cover letter will be part of your candidate portfolio, use a professional format to address the letter.
Your contact information should include your name, address, city, state and zip code, phone number and email address.
Your Complete Name
Pune, MH 411038
+(91) 98220 32569
Express your interest
Begin your first paragraph by briefly introducing yourself and expressing your interest and excitement for the position. Make a brief statement describing why you would be the perfect candidate for this specific position. Your cover letter should be specific to both the job and company you are applying for. If someone has referred you to the position or the company, mention their name. Close the first paragraph with a statement about how this position aligns with your personal career goals.
My name is Mahesh Patil and I am writing to express my interest in the third grade English/Language Arts teacher position with Early Learners Elementary School. I am excited for the opportunity to teach at Early Learners Elementary School because it would be a pleasure to return to my own elementary school as a teacher. I would be the perfect candidate for the third grade English / Language Arts teacher position because I have the training, skills and personality to provide children a solid foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
Describe your knowledge and skills
Your second paragraph should be a detailed description of how your knowledge, training, skills, experience and strengths make you the ideal candidate for the position. Use the job description to find keywords you can relate to the specific characteristics you are highlighting. This is the area you will focus on all of your strengths and relevant experience, even if your experience isn’t directly work related. For example, you can highlight relevant course work, high grades and volunteer work.
As a recent graduate from the Pune University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education I have the required training needed for the third grade English / Language Arts teacher position at Early Learners Elementary School. Relevant course work included Emergent Literacy Strategies and Assessment, Learning and Development within a School Context and Creating and Differentiating Learning Environments. I graduated with Distinction and active member of the Lifeline for Special Needs Program, and eduCARE. My prior experience in customer service in the retail industry also gave me the patience and skills needed for effective classroom management.
End your letter with a call to action
Begin your last paragraph with a statement about something that attracted you to this specific employer. By doing this, you will once again emphasize the fact that you have done your research on the company, but will also convey how your values align with the company’s beliefs. After this statement, close your letter with a specific call to action, such as asking for an interview. After asking for an interview, thank the hiring manager or recruiter for their time and consideration.
One thing that attracted me most to Early Learners Elementary School is the volunteer work the school does to give back to our disadvantaged youth. I am also passionate about empowering every student with a love of learning. I look forward to meeting you in person during an interview to further discuss my qualifications and how I will be an asset to the teaching team at Early Learners Elementary School. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Include a signature
Choose a standard salutation such as “Sincerely”. End the signature line by stating any enclosures or attachments accompanying your cover letter.
Your Complete Name
Before sending your completed cover letter to the employer, proofread the document and check the length of your letter. You should also proofread your cover letter to check for grammar or spelling errors. You could also ask a friend, family member, or professor to review and edit the letter for you. Note that your cover letter should not be longer than one page.