While your resume is important, nothing makes you stand out more than a well-written cover letter. A strong one can highlight your attention to detail, work ethic and passion for the industry. And while most job postings request a resume and cover letter, many candidates skip sending one because they seem too complicated; this is a mistake. A cover letter is your opportunity to sell yourself as a great candidate.
It's important to tailor your cover letter to each job opportunity. A hiring manager will quickly recognize if you've used a form template; taking the time to write a unique letter shows dedication and real interest in the role.
Include details from the job description and use examples from your coursework or other work experience to show how you would succeed in the position's responsibilities. That is a level of detail most candidates will skip and will impress hiring managers.
32 Willow Street
Willow Creek, NY 12900
(Home) (232) 456 - 3425
(Cell) (971) 567 - 3421
Mr. George Gray
Assistant Vice President Asset Management Division
120 Spring Street
Rochester, NY 12900
Dear Mr. Gray:
I am very excited about applying for the summer analyst internship program with Goldman Sachs that was advertised in Sunday’s Rochester Herald. Bill Hershey recommended that I apply for the internship since the qualifications directly match my educational experience, interest, and skills.
I am currently a junior at the University of Rochester majoring in business with a concentration in finance. Throughout my college career, I have excelled in all of my finance courses and my professors have recommended that I serve as a tutor for students requiring assistance with class assignments. My courses have provided me with a strong background in the methodologies required for successfully analyzing and synthesizing important financial information and in preparing documentation to assist management when making critical business decisions. I am a quick learner and enjoy the challenges of doing comparative, quantitative, and cash - flow analysis in addition to portfolio and asset management and financial modeling and asset valuation. I believe my strengths in these areas would serve me well as an intern in Goldman Sach’s summer program.
In addition to my relevant coursework, my internship with Merrill Lynch provided me with a great opportunity to use my knowledge and skills and apply them to the real world. I very much enjoyed assisting customers with their financial decision - making and I found that my excellent interpersonal skills served me well when dealing with challenging clients. I was invited to return this summer as an intern but I am especially excited about the summer program that Goldman Sachs offers students and I feel that this opportunity would provide me with additional knowledge and skills that will add to my abilities to positively serve clients in the field.
Thank you for your time and interest and I look forward to hearing from you. I will call in one week to discuss my qualifications and see if you have any questions for me at that time.
Cover letter for internship
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451 Highland Ave. #45 | Sometown, TX 75000 | (555) 555-5555
Jan. 5, 2017
Mr. James Crowley
555 W. Applegarth Blvd.
Anytown, TX 75000
Dear Mr. Crowley:
Two of your former interns, Brian Hodges and Martha Smith, suggested I contact you regarding finance internship opportunities. They are familiar with my background and felt I would be an excellent match for your summer internship program.
Currently a junior majoring in finance at UNT, I have demonstrated strong academic performance in all finance courses, maintaining a 3.5 GPA in my major. The courses I have completed have given me a solid foundation in the tools, processes and methodologies involved in the successful analysis and management of portfolio-investment strategies. I have a proven ability to learn challenging concepts quickly and have developed competencies in diverse areas, including:
In addition to my analytical strengths, I bring to the table advanced computer skills (with cross-platform exerptise in Windows and Mac); expertise in the MS Office suite of products; and familiarity with programming languages including SQL, HTML and VB.
Since starting college, I have worked part-time (summers/holidays/evenings) as a clerk at Wal-Mart. In this position, I have earned a reputation for consistently exceeding company and customer expectations. Wal-Mart's store manager has asked me to return this summer, but I yearn to gain corporate finance experience. I am impressed by Acme's innovation and success, and I would very much like to be part of such a winning company.
The enclosed resume provides more details of my skills and achievement track record. If you agree that I would make a valuable addition to your team, please feel free to call me at (555) 555-5555 or email me at email@example.com. I know you are busy, so thank you for your time, and I look forward to speaking with you.