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Cover Letter Template for Entry Level Jobs
Writing a cover letter for a job when you have little-to-no experience may be difficult, however, a lot of entry-level jobs require a cover letter in order to get to know the individual they are considering for the position.
This article provides a template of an entry-level cover letter and includes a download for the template in Microsoft Word format, so you can get started. You will also find tips on how to write your cover letter and what it takes to get the job.
Download the Entry-Level Cover Letter Template
- Entry-Level Cover Letter Template.doc
This is the formatted Microsoft Word document for the entry-level cover letter template.
[CITY], [STATE] [ZIP CODE]
[NAME OF RECIPIENT OR COMPANY]
[COMPANY’S STREET ADDRESS]
[CITY], [STATE] [ZIP CODE]
[NAME OF RECIPIENT OR COMPANY]:
I am very interested in the entry-level [JOB TITLE] position that is currently available at your company. I hope you will consider me a leading candidate in your search for the perfect employee.
Although I have little work experience, I have been busy since graduating from [HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION]. I have [BREIFLY NAME A FEW PROJECTS OR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS YOU HELD SINCE YOU WERE IN SCHOOL OR WHILE YOU WERE THERE]. My experiences have made me a quick-learner, a hard-worker, and what I think will be a valuable employee.
I am a hard‐working, dedicated individual that gives my best effort to accomplish every task I am given. I am often told that I can “read minds” because of my ability to anticipate the next step in a process or system and accomplish them before being asked to by a superior.
I believe that I have the drive you are looking for in an employee and will be a perfect fit for the [JOB TITLE] position. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Tips on Getting a Job with Little Experience
Having Little Work Experience
- If you have little work experience, try to highlight one to three key projects (including volunteer work) that you participated in, even if it was as simple as mowing your neighbor's lawn. Employers want to see dedication, commitment, and drive in an individual. If you have found ways to make money (legally) while searching for a more permanent job, your potential employers would love to hear about it, so don't hold back.
Don't Lie to Make you Look Better
- In reality, if you are not a hard worker or people haven't said that you anticipate the next step in a process, don't say you do! Interviewers want to hear who you really are, not get some rehearsed and polished responses to their questions.
- There are things about you that employers will like, you just need to dig deep, discover, ask some friends or family, and stay away from written answers that you think will get you to the top.
Emphasizing your Worth without Over-doing it
- When stepping into an interview or writing a cover letter, you will want to sound confident, but not egotistical. No one wants to work with or hire someone who thinks they are "all-that". Highlight your worth, but show that you care about the position and want to do the best you can--not that you are the best they'll see.
- My father was always the best when it came to calming my nerves--and I get nervous at interviews. He asked me, "Do you think you can do this job?" I humbly said, "Yes." "Well, you go in there and tell them that. Say, 'I don't know why I'm nervous, but I know I can do this job for you and that I have the skills you are looking for. I may not have much experience, but I know I can do it.'"
- His confidence got him a lot of jobs, but he wasn't ever overpowering with his explanation. He was simply telling the truth and offering the interviewer a great employee that was honest and stood by their work.