You may wonder why a high school student needs a cover letter. Recent graduates and high school students are in a competitive job market. Searching for jobs that offer flexible hours and good pay along with all the other high school students in the area means that you are going to have to have a resume and a cover letter in order to stand out from the crowd. You will want to get your resume and cover letter in front of as many potential employers as possible. You may think that as a high school student you don’t have the job experience to need a resume or cover letter.
You may be surprised at the qualities you can exhibit in a high school student cover letter and resume. By presenting a focused and well organized cover letter and resume, no matter how little experience you have you are showing potential employers that you are responsible, professional and that you know how to market yourself.
How Does a Student Write a Resume?
Although most high school students don’t have formal work experience, many of the skills you acquire in school, through volunteering, or through household chores indicate a strong work ethic. Feature those same abilities as transferable skills on your resume in order to establish yourself as a potential employee.
What Is the Letter Application?
The letter of application is the cover letter that you write for a job. You write an application letter by focusing on the following: your strong work ethic; your willingness to work; and your enthusiasm for the company. Make sure your letter of application has an opening greeting; an introductory paragraph; 1-2 body paragraphs; a closing paragraph; and a closing sign-off.
Some things to include in your high school student cover letter include:
- Why you want a job. This is an important factor that employers will pay attention to. So if you are looking for a job in order to save money for college, or to buy your own car you are showing potential employers that you are going to be a dedicated employee because you have a goal.
- Express your willingness to be a part of a team. Being willing to work with others, shows that you are outgoing, friendly and well rounded. This is very important to potential employers.
- Make sure to point out that while you may not have a lot of experience you are a self starter who learns quickly. This will let a potential employer know that once you are trained you can be counted on to work without direct supervision.
- Express your willingness to work, whether it is nights or weekends. Potential employers are looking for employees who want to work, not try to fit in a job amidst a packed social calendar. You have to remember that you need a job and the employer need a worker, this means that you need each other, but you need the job more than the employer needs a teenaged high school student with no experience to work for him.
Most employers who hire high school students are aware that they are hiring inexperienced workers and some even prefer that because it puts them in a position to train you without having to first override the training instilled by other employers. Getting hired while you are a high school student lets you get in on the bottom level and advance through the next few years. By the time you graduate you may be in a supervisory position.
Having an impressive cover letter and resume can open a door that might be locked if all you do is simply fill out an application. Going the extra mile to be professional, no matter your age or experience, goes a long way with potential employers.