Job search can be a tedious task, especially if you are a fresher and applying for entry level jobs. With lack of work experience, there will be a slim chance of getting the desired number of calls for interviews.
Despite the fact, writing an exceptional cover letter will definitely catch the recruiter’s attention. Having an impressive cover letter plays a vital role in getting shortlisted for the job. Also, since it is the first thing an employer evaluates, you must take time to write a customized cover letter tailored to the company you are applying to. A well-written cover letter creates a positive impression and makes it much more likely for the employer to read your resume.
Let’s see how we can write an effective cover letter for entry level jobs:
First Paragraph: Your Introduction
First paragraph of your cover letter is the section that provides you with an opportunity to make a strong impression on the employer. In this section, you need to focus on introducing yourself, the position you are applying for and how you found out about the vacancy. Here, you should also mention why you feel you’d be a good fit for the given job position.
Second Paragraph: Highlight Your Relevant Skills & Accomplishments
As a fresh graduate or entry level jobseeker, it is very important to highlight your relevant skills and your college/university experience in this section. While explaining why you are qualified for the job, highlight you non professional experiences like internships. For example, if you’ve completed an internship in sales, explain what you’ve gained through it and how you can imply those experiences in this job.
Third Paragraph: Highlight Your Best Qualities and Explain Why you’re a Good Fit
Here, work on highlighting some of your major skills and competencies paralleling it with why you are a good fit for the job. Refer to the vacancy announcement and list down the relevant talents and accomplishments accordingly. Show your knowledge about the job and interest in the position by mentioning specific keywords wherever required.
Most employers want to hire someone who is creative, team player, and have strong time management skills. But, simply stating that you have excellent time management skills won’t give you the job. Present examples of how you showed this skill during your internship or in your personal life.
In the last paragraph, leave an impression such that the hiring manager will be tempted to call you for an interview. Make sure that the conclusion is confident and encourages the hiring manager to get in touch with you.
Always include a thank you for their time and attention.
Finally proof read your resume before sending it. It is always considered ideal to save your letter in PDF format and then attach to an email. This will ensure the formatting of your cover letter doesn’t change once it’s downloaded by the recipient. Good Luck!