Whether it is a first real job or an internship, the jitters that one gets when writing a first cover letter are almost palpable! Writing your first cover letter can be a daunting task, often discouraging because one is constantly scared of the outcome. This does not warrant backing out though. If you can successfully write a cover letter based on just some do’s, you can be considered a great choice to hire for any position.
The trick is to write to impress. When you focus on impressing the hiring manager, you automatically think up of all the skills and qualifications that you possess. Listing them down (not literally) in a cover letter, is important. But when you are writing to procure an internship, you have to be very careful. No longer will your cover letter be a document that states that you want a give and take relationship. Since an internship opportunity automatically translates into the company will train you for nothing, you have to highlight what you can offer as well. The hiring manager will know that you do not have experience to offer – but if you have skills to offer, you must make them obvious. And if you have any academic accomplishments that relate to the internship for which you are applying, do not forget to mention them.
Looking for a sample to give you a kick-start? Here is one:
524 Creek Ave
Hillsborough, NJ 13447
r.bean @ email . com
December 17, 2016
Ms. Adele Portman
7870 Hill Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Dear Ms. Portman:
I learnt of Impact Services through Mr. Fredrick Pastel who is the head of the placement department at Hillsborough Art College – where I am presently enrolled in the bachelor’s of art program (4th year). I am excited to know through Mr. Pastel that your company is offering internship programs to final year students and I would like to offer my profile for consideration.
Presently, I am majoring in mass communication, which I find to be a highly fascinating subject. Recently, I volunteered my services in an office assistant role at the college office and was highly appreciated due to my diligence in learning operational procedures, and implementing them according to established protocols. Since I am the representative of my class, my communication and interpersonal skills are also exceptionally well-rounded.
Anticipating learning much in terms of administrative and customer service work if provided with a chance to obtain an internship at Impact Services, and returning the favor by working hard and conscientiously, I am positive that this opportunity will be beneficial for both ends. I will contact you at the end of next week to see if we can discuss this in more depth, in person. If you need to contact me in the meantime, please feel free to do so at (777) 777-7777.
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