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University Cover Letters Sample

16th July 2014
Your Address

Mrs. M Foster,
Graduate Recruitment Manager,
Elsewhere Bank plc,
39 High Street,
Manchester. M2 1RS

Dear Mrs Foster

I was very interested to read your advertisement for a Graduate Trainee on the University of Kent vacancy database as it precisely fits my career plans.

I first became interested in retail banking during an "Insight" course which I attended during my second year at University. Since then, discussion with my careers adviser and my own research have confirmed my belief that this is a career which will enable me to use not only my interest in business and finance but also my skills in working with people, both in an advisory and a managerial capacity.

I am particularly interested in a career with Elsewhere Bank, because of the high reputation of your graduate training scheme, and your commitment to giving new recruits early responsibility.

During my time as a student I have had a variety of part-time and vacation jobs, all of which have required me to work as part of a team and to deal directly with the public. I found my work at the Tourist Information Office particularly valuable in teaching me the importance of ascertaining customers' needs and providing clear and accurate information in response to those needs.

As part of my degree course, I chose to carry out a final-year project which involved a statistical analysis of 150 questionnaires sent to local employers. To process this information, I taught myself to set up and use a database and felt great satisfaction in completing this project well ahead of the end-of-term deadline. Although my overall degree result was a 2.2., this particular piece of work was awarded a high 2.1.

I will be available for interview at any time apart from the 12 - 24 August when I have arranged a holiday in Italy. I look forward to hearing from you shortly and enclose my CV for your consideration.

Yours sincerely

John Andrews

John Andrews

Cover letters express the interest and fit for the position applying.  The process of constructing a targeted, thoughtful cover letter may feel time consuming, however the payoff is often well worth it.

Cover letters are usually 3-4 paragraphs in length, and should accomplish the following:

  • Capture the recruiter's attention and help differentiate you from other candidates
  • Identify the internship or job title for which you want to be considered
  • Indicate how you learned about the position (e.g., University Career Services, employee referral, organization website, professional association)
  • Highlight 1-3 qualifications that are related to the internship or job
  • Demonstrate a sincere interest in a particular employer and position

When emailing a cover letter use it as the body of the email or attach it as a PDF document.

See sample cover letters in the Related File.

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