This cover letter example is that of a finance new graduate. One of the most important things to emphasize when you are a new graduate is potential and a willingness to learn. This applicant did both with candor and enthusiasm. Employers are always looking for new blood to reinvigorate the work environment. This is exactly the type of applicant that most employers are looking for when they want to hire junior staff. Positive attitude trumps all.
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January 31, 2006
34084 Lakeshore Drive
Glenwood, FL 38032
Dear Mr. Clark,
UBS PaineWebber gave me a taste of what the world of finance is all about. Now I'm looking for more.
I've been intrigued by the financial markets since my early teens when I steadfastly (and profitably) managed my own personal stock portfolio.
A finance minor at Cornell University piqued my interest further, and then I had a chance to work as an intern at UBS PaineWebber.
I made sales calls -- certainly not the most glamorous job, but I worked hard and did a good job and was able to bring in $70,000 worth of capital for my brokers. But more importantly, I learned. I learned about the business; I learned about operations, and I learned about the markets.
My strengths are pretty clear. I love finance. I'm good at it, I work hard, and I get results. Whether it's sales calls or finance class, campus jobs or internships, I've made a difference throughout my life.
The institutional training program in services and operations at Merrill Lynch intrigues me. I'd love to be part of an amazing program at a world-renowned institution.
I look forward to touching base with you soon.