cover letter when you are a new graduate or about to
graduate is one of the hardest things to do. How
can you make yourself interesting when you don't have
anything concrete to offer? If that's what on your
mind, don't worry. Employers know that you are new
in the field and won't be expecting the same from you as
from someone experienced.
what will recruiters be looking for in new grads?
Potential and a willingness to learn. Students
graduate with a lot of theoretical knowledge, yet no
practical experience. Although this may sound like
a weakness, it also offers flexibility and adaptability.
Structure your cover letter to emphasize that.
there are no strict formulae to follow, here are some
Keep in mind what is your game plan. You are not
selling your experience. Instead, you are
selling your "potential" and your eagerness to
Introduce yourself in the first paragraph by stating
where you studied, what degree(s) you hold, and what
position you are applying to.
In the second paragraph, refer to your work experience
(summer jobs, internships, part-time jobs) or
activities you participated in that relate to the
position you are applying to. You want to show
that you are proactive, have a real interest in your
field of study, and are willing to learn. The
person reading your cover letter has to sense your
In the third paragraph, state why you want the job.
If you can come up with a good reason why you want
the job, that will show genuine interest and will
differentiate you from other applicants. The
last thing that you want to convey is that you want
the job because you "need" a job. We all need
to work to earn a living, but beyond that, there
must be true interest.
Conclude briefly by reiterating your interest in the
position and asking for a chance to meet the
recruiter in person.
Once you are done drafting your cover letter, ask
yourself whether someone reading that letter would
remember you from a pile of 100 applications.
If the answer is "no", there must be something
lacking. Revise your cover letter until the
"no" turns into a "yes".
The above is a standard cover letter structure for new graduates.
Depending on the circumstances, you may choose to adopt
the above structure or stray away from it.