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Writing a Great Cover Letter – Without Much Work Experience

September 13th, 2016

As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, Provisional knows writing a cover letter can be an overwhelming, frustrating experience…even for the most seasoned veteran. So how can you handle the process – and get your foot in the door with an employer when you have little or no work experience? Here are 4 tips to help you get started:

Tip #1: Include the basics.

Even the best written cover letter won’t get you far if you don’t have the basics covered. So make sure you:

  • Include your contact information.
  • Include the name of the contact person, their title, and company in the upper left.
  • Address the letter to an actual person (not “Dear Sir or Madam”) if possible.
  • If you’re sending your cover letter via email, be sure to include a subject line with the title of the position you’re applying for.

Tip #2: Introduce yourself in the opening paragraph.

In your opening statement, briefly state the position you’re interested in applying for and where you found the position advertised. Also, if you were referred to this position by a mutual contact, make sure to mention them by name. For instance:

“I’m a recent graduate of ABC College and I’m applying for the administrative assistant position. A mutual contact, Jack Smith, forwarded me your job posting on Monster.com, and as soon as I read it, I thought I could be a great fit for the position.”

Tip #3: Explain why they’d want to hire you.

So you don’t have any formal work experience to highlight. What about volunteer or internship experience? Did you take a college class relevant to the position you’re applying for? Or have you held a part-time job in the past where you gained skills (i.e. communication, problem solving, etc.) that are transferable – and could be put to use in a new job?

Once you start thinking about your background, you may come to realize that you actually have more skills and experience than you think. Highlight that information in the next two paragraphs. Also include any real-world stories or examples that could bring your background to life.

Tip #4: Close strong and confident.

In the final paragraph, express your interest in the job and the employer. Strive to leave a positive lasting impression by sounding confident and enthusiastic about the job. For instance:

“I’m excited to learn more about the opportunity at XYZ Company. With my combination of communication and organizational skills, I’m confident I’d be an asset to your team. Thank you for reviewing my application and considering me for the position. I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

A final note: Make sure you proofread your cover letter – and better yet, have someone else read it through, as well – to ensure it’s error-free.

Need more help writing a great cover letter and resume? Call the employment experts at Provisional. As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, we can help you with every aspect of your search. In fact, we’ve placed more than 8,000 direct hire employees with leading local employers since 1994. Contact us today if you’re ready to learn more.

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