You're a student or new graduate who's looking for a job. In addition to putting together a resume, you'll need to write a good cover letter to help convince a recruiter or hiring manager to open and read your resume. To give you some ideas for what to say and how to say it, here are some cover letter examples by other students and new grads.
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Cover Letter Examples for Students and Recent Grads
Cover Letter to High School Counselor Internship
Here's a cover letter sample written by Anne, a college student who is applying for a school counselor internship to fulfill one of the requirements for her Master's degree program. It is her hope that this internship will lead to a full-time position somewhere in the school district after she graduates.
Cover Letter for a Dental Student
Linda is a first-year dental student who is looking for a job as a dental hygienist at a dental clinic. Her cover letter is brief and to the point since the basics of her dental schooling are well known to the Human Resources Director who will be reading her resume and cover letter.
Cover Letter for After-School Computer Consultant
Here's a cover letter written by a high school student named Scott. He's a computer whiz looking for part-time work. His mother's friend, Cynthia, told him about a woman who needs ongoing help with her home office computer. So Scott put together a short resume and wrote this friendly cover letter to introduce himself.
Cover Letter for Junior Sales Associate
Here's a very short cover letter that wins your heart. Why? Because this student has a child-like approach to getting a job: He loves skating and he wants a job selling skates. Andrew's resume does all the heavy lifting, with details about his after-school jobs and his skating achievements.
Cover Letter for an Entry-Level Job
I'm always pushing job seekers to use a relaxed tone in their cover letters. But sometimes a formal cover letter is the right way to go. This is one of those times.
Cover Letter Example for a Human Resources Job
There are many things I like about this cover letter example for a Human Resources job. I also have some thoughts about how to make it better. Take a look at the letter that Liz wrote, then see my version, which has a few changes.
Cover Letter for a Summer Job in Packaging
This cover letter example is for a college student, Sandra. She's looking for a summer job in the packaging department of the well known Morton Salt company. Because she doesn't have a contact at Morton Salt, she sent her resume and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources Department.
Cover Letter for Summer Job
Yes, this cover letter is short, but it contains a lot of information — all the info an employer requires to want to interview this college student for a summer job.
The two cover letters on this page are for a dental hygienist and a dental assistant. Both applicants have professional work experience and are seeking employment in new dental clinics. Both cover letters have corresponding resumes on this website. The letters follow templates outlined in our step-by-step cover letter writing guide.
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- Dental Assistant
- Dental Hygienist
Dental Assistant Cover Letters
The cover letters below are based on the dental assistant resume on the left. The cover letter has been crafted to highlight the best achievements in the resume. In this letter, the candidate persuasively argues that he/she is the best candidate based on the job description written by the hiring manager.
Piece by piece, the applicant explains how his/her previous experience precisely matches the requirements set out by the hiring manager. Please click the images below to view the cover letter — we’ve displayed in in three different templates to show that there is room for creativity.
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[341 Company Address
Company City, State, xxxxx
Dear Mr./Ms./Mrs. [Hiring Manager’s Name],
Please accept my enclosed application for the position of dental assistant at [Clinic Name]. I noticed your job posting on [Website Name] and am happy to say that my 4+ years of dental assistant experience matches your clinic’s needs perfectly.
First and foremost, I possess a Dental Assistant Associate Degree earned from Trident Technical College in 2012. Furthermore, I was recently re-certified by the Dental Assisting National Board in 2015, so I am in fact a Certified Dental Assistant. In other words, you can rely on me to have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as a full understanding of all safety and procedural guidelines that must be followed in a dental clinic.
I noticed in your job description that you are looking for a candidate that will require very little training and supervision. After gaining 4+ years of dental assisting experience, I can guarantee that I am completely familiar with the routines associated with patient care, record keeping, performing dental work, and handling scheduling, billing, insurance, and even doing inventory maintenance. I am prepared to immediately handle all assigned tasks competently and efficiently. Allow me to highlight three bullet points from my resume that I believe prove my point:
- Prepare 15 patients daily to undergo dental procedures, and assist dentist with sterilizing or disinfect instruments, setting up instrument trays, and preparing materials
- Take and record patient medical and dental histories and vital signs, and record treatment information in patient records with 100% accuracy
- Monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory and make orders, achieving 5% reduction in expenses by discovering new suppliers
I would love to have an opportunity to join the team at [Clinic Name]. I am looking forward to having a more detailed discussion with you about how I can join your team and help you achieve your goals.
Dental Hygienist Cover Letters
The cover letters below are based on the dental hygienist resume to the left. Writing a cover letter allows you to highlight the best parts of your resume and argue persuasively that your experience, skills, and abilities match the hiring manager’s requirements. You can follow the template that this cover letter sets out, and change it to match your own experience.
Click on the cover letters below to open them — they all contain the same information, but we wanted to show you how your information can be laid out in different ways. You can download any of these template for free and modify them as you wish.
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[341 Company Address
Company City, State, xxxxx
Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Manager’s Name),
I’m pleased to be writing to you today regarding my application for the dental hygienist position advertised on (Website Name). I believe my qualifications and professional experience make me an ideal candidate for this job. I have a passion for providing quality healthcare to patients, and educating them on the best dental practices.
After I received my Dental Assistant Certificate from Barry University, I was lucky enough to be hired as an entry-level assistant by APPLABS. There, I received first-rate training and was molded into an excellent dental professional. During my tenure at APPLABS, I developed the following abilities:
- Taking and developing x-rays, preparing and sterilizing equipment
- Processing impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts
- Teaching patients about appropriate oral hygiene strategies
- Assessing emergency situations and taking actions according to protocol
I believe a relationship with [Company Name] would be mutually beneficial, as I am seeking a challenging work environment where I can sharpen my skills to the fullest extent. I look forward to hearing from you, and would love to explain my background further during an interview.
Please find a detailed account of my work history in the attached resume. I appreciate your time and consideration.