College Student Cover Letter Entry Level

College student cover letter sample

Writing a cover letter for that first job after school is particularly difficult—and particularly important. This sample can help.

College Graduate Cover Letter Sample

Writing a cover letter for that first job after school is kind of a catch 22. On one hand, you don't have much material to work with; on the other, you need a strong resume to get you in the door. 

Don't fret: Lots of people have done this before you and gone on to amazing careers. You'll just want to highlight what you've learned in school, side jobs or internships that is relevant to the position. View our college graduate cover letter sample below as a guideline, and if you need more help, Monster's partners at TopResume can help you create a high-impact resume and cover letter.  

Josh Michaels
4 Church St. | Sometown, NJ 08888 | (555) 555-5555 |



Katherine Yu
HR Director
ABC Company
1530 State St.
Anytown, NJ 08999

Dear Ms. Yu:

Your advertisement for an HR assistant fits my qualifications perfectly, and I am writing to express my interest in and enthusiasm for the position.

After completing a business degree from Rutgers University in May, I enrolled in a human resource development program to enhance my credentials in my chosen field. Course highlights include: Leadership in an Organizational Setting, Performance & Task Analysis in Human Resource Development, and Technology in HR Settings.

Based on your description of the ideal candidate, I also offer: 


  • A solid educational foundation in organizational development, employee training and development skills and knowledge of how to use technology to improve individual/organizational performance
  • A proven ability to build rapport with individuals from all backgrounds
  • A track record of excellent performance as a part-time/summer employee concurrent with full-time college enrollment

I would very much like to meet in person to share more of my qualifications and learn more about your HR support needs. Please feel free to call me at (555) 555-5555 or email at

Thank you for your time and review of the enclosed resume, and I look forward to speaking with you.


Josh Michaels
Enclosure: Resume

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The Success Story

This recent college graduate was looking for a job in a less-than-desirable economy. And just like our previous candidate, not only did he get the interview, he also got the job.

This cover letter works because it’s specific. The bullet points halfway down tell one success story after another. We don’t have to wonder whether or not he knows how to save a company money — we can see evidence of it.

It’s not easy being specific about your accomplishments when your actual work experience is minimal, but this candidate makes what work he has done seem very impressive.

Dear :

Please accept my cover letter for the Project Analyst position currently available at . I understand that we are in the midst a recession, and as unemployment rises — your inbox fills with applicants. This short letter and attachments are my life’s work thus far. I thank you for taking a minute out of your day to read it.

My name is , I am a senior at University studying Marketing with a focus in Economics. Currently I work part-time for the Department of Higher Education and , an interactive marketing agency in Kansas City. I recently finished up my collegiate athletic career last fall, and have relished in the extra time that I have been able to spend towards my career; traveling, and enjoying life outside football. As a student, I was able to travel Europe, complete two internships within the industry, work as a dive master in Central America, and keep meaningful part-time jobs that I still maintain.

Along the way learning time-management, teamwork, and gaining perspective that will continue to help me the rest of my life.

Here are a few of the projects I have worked on:
• Developed a marketing concept that saved more than $20,000
• Wrote proposal for $25,000 grant from state of Missouri, managed budget as well as work-study students
• Established marketing program that increased participation 143% from the previous year
• Collaborated with a designer to develop media for a kiosk within Sprint Center in Kansas City
• Managed user account inquiries with , a multi-million dollar account
• Worked with creative writer and CFO to develop content for a Podcast recorded at , Kansas City

The reputation does not need to be elaborated on — simply put, it has always been a pillar in the industry. I know my experience can contribute to the continued success of The Company. I am motivated and looking forward to the next challenge that draws on my corporate and agency experience.

Attached is a current copy of my resume and professional references. Letters of recommendation are available upon request. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at or


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