If you are writing a cover letter for the first time, you may get cold feet! This is very natural because cover letter writing by entry level applicants is somewhat tricky. On the other hand, if you have no prior experience in hand, you can still build an effective cover letter to grab the attention of recruiter. Organize your thoughts; think about skills you have gained through your education and real life an experience, that is all you need to get started.
A cover letter of entry level candidates should contain 3 brief paragraphs.
First paragraph: Mention which position you are interested in and a source that informed you about the vacant position. Also mention your most relevant qualifications /skills and how you intend to use them to the benefit the company.
Second Paragraph: List your relevant skills and expertise gained through education, internships and real life experiences. Write short sentences containing industry related keywords.
Third Paragraph: Restate your interest in the position and working for the prospective company. Ask for an interview. Also tell the employer when you will follow-up. Include your contact details and proactively say thanks to recruiter for his consideration.
7 Jackson Road
Exeter, NH 66677
Liam.notch @ email . com
June 11, 2015
Mr. Alan Foster
Manager Human Resources
122 Chester Nut Road
Exeter, NH 52424
Dear Mr. Foster:
I came across your advertisement for a position of customer service representative while looking through your website and found myself a good match the description. I graduated as a business major from the University of New Hampshire three months ago. During the course of my business education, I have developed a number of customer care and account management skills which would be an asset for Cunningham Inc.
I would be a good fit for this customer service representative position, evident by the following qualifications:
Customer service: Very effective skills in engaging customers in positive and approachable manner while addressing and resolving their complaints.
Negotiation: Able to negotiate within prescribed guidelines and purchase agreements with customers. Well versed in soliciting new business.
Communication: Adept at communicating and convincing potential customers by phone and one-on-one.
Liaison: Comprehensive knowledge of liaising between the customer and the company regarding customer requirements, scheduling, and delivery of existing orders, and new orders.
Market Analysis: Demonstrated ability to monitor competitive activity and take appropriate actions
Computer: Highly skilled in MS Office applications, or order entry, price accuracy, delivery performance, shipping
Because my skills and capabilities are best explained in person, I would like to meet with you to further discuss how I can be a good fit to Cunningham Inc. as a customer service representative. I will contact you after two weeks when a meeting might be arranged. If you need any additional information, please call or email me at your earliest convenience.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon!