The cover letter example below is that of a student looking for a position as a page on Capitol Hill. The applicant started the cover letter by expressing her passion for politics in such an enthusiastic way that it carries the reader through the rest of the cover letter like a breeze. But beyond interest only, the applicant also demonstrated that she had concrete experience working in different positions within the political system, which demonstrates that she can bring different perspectives to the job. This is the kind of cover letter that is bound to catch the reader's attention. If you are a new graduate, this is a good cover letter to inspire yourself from.
June 15, 2005
1 Capitol Street
Washington, D.C. 68053
Dear Mr. Wilson:
To me, politics is fast-paced, edgy, and cutthroat (in a good way). That's why I'm passionate about politics and that's why I'm I'm dying to get involved.
As you'll see from my resume, I have a wealth of experience in the field. I've worked for the House Majority Whip in Kentucky, I've been a campaign staffer, and I've held leadership positions in Student Government at the University of Kansas.
I'll be in Washington next fall as a Political Management Masters student at George Washington and hope to join you at the Democratic Congressional Committee this summer.
I know the page job is not the most glamorous position on Capital Hill - but to me it's not about glamour. It's about working hard, making a contribution and getting involved. I'm energetic and eager to enter the field and willing to do whatever it takes to ultimately become successful.
I look forward to following up with you about the job and will plan to contact you in a week.