How does one connect with a hiring manager on a one on one basis? No, the resume is not the right answer. A resume is a professional document – much too professional to be considered a tool to touch base with a prospective employer. The correct answer is the cover letter! While this too is a professional document, it is more personal than a resume can ever be. And how is that?
Student research assistant cover letters communicate with the reader. They provide an avenue for subjective contact between prospective employer and prospective employee. Why wouldn’t one use it? To be honest, many candidates forego the cover letter incorrectly believing that is not a necessary part of the job application process. This is probably the gravest mistake they make. No cover letter means lesser chances of being called for an interview. And you don’t want to take that risk as an interview is exactly what you are aiming for by sending in your resume.
You can take ideas from the following cover letter sample for a student research assistant resume:
656 New Town Street
Arcadia, FL 36259
January 1, 2016
Mr. Norman Folks
Professor of Medicine
Arcadia Medical University
4541 Oak Street
Arcadia, FL 34251
Dear Mr. Folks:
My recent commission as a student research assistant with Dr. Ken Drove has prepared me quite well for the assistantship position that you have posted on the bulletin board. Owing to exceptional aptitude for handling detailed research work along with deep insight into creating literature reviews, I will need little training to work under your umbrella.
Please refer to the following qualifications that I believe will be of interest to you:
• Demonstrated expertise in handling sensitive information by following strict confidentiality protocols
• Highly skilled in preparing survey and interview forms by following designated instructions
• Deep insight into preparing written and tabular materials for presentations and reports
I would appreciate a personal meeting with you any time that you are free in the coming week. Please feel free to contact me at (555) 555 – 5555 or adamsand @ email. com for any further questions or clarifications regarding my eligibility for the position.
Thank you for your time and consideration.