(Psst: You can also take this approach with a skills-based resume.) Students writing cover letters for internships and new grads often make the mistake of over-focusing on their educational backgrounds.
At the end of the day, what hiring managers care about most is your work experience (and yes, that can be volunteer or internship experience, too)—and what you can walk through the door and deliver on day one.
Cover letters are a great way to show that you understand the environment and culture of the company and industry.
Spending some time reading over the company website or stalking their social media before you get started can be a great way to get in the right mindset—you’ll get a sense for the company’s tone, language, and culture, which are all things you’ll want to mirror as you’re writing.
We can’t tell you how many cover letters we’ve seen from people who are “absolutely thrilled for the opportunity” or “very excitedly applying!
” Yes, you want to show personality, creativity, and excitement.
Here’s what that might look like: “I’m excited to translate my experience in [what you’ve done in the past] to a position that’s more [what you’re hoping to do next].” Hiring managers love to see stats—they show you’ve had a measurable impact on an organization or company you’ve worked for.
That doesn’t mean you have to have doubled revenue at your last job. Those numbers speak volumes about what you could bring to your next position, and make your cover letter stand out.
For example, you could say: “I’m passionate about [Company]’s mission and would love to bring my [add your awesome skills here] to this position.” You can also use the end of your letter to add important details—like, say, the fact that you’re willing to relocate for the job.
Check out more examples and a template here, and read about a few cover letter closing lines you definitely want to use.