When the time comes to write your student cover letter, you may find that the use of a template will help you make your letter more professional. There are several templates available for student cover letters. These can be used by simply filling in your information, or as a guide to help you decide what to include and how to lay it out for a professional student cover letter.
If you choose to use a fill in the blanks cover letter template make sure that you fill in ALL of the blanks and don’t leave any ‘sample’ text in any of the boxes. Many employers will be able to tell that you have used a template anyway, but missing a section is really unprofessional and probably not be getting you an interview.
Because the information that students have to include on a cover letter or resume is so slight, most employers will appreciate the effort even if you have used a student cover letter template.
The other way to use a student cover letter template is to look at several of them and make notes of the important points that you want to include in your cover letter. You can then write your own student cover letter using the ideas you got from the template.
Some things you want to make sure that you include are:
1. Goals/motivation for having a job while you are a student. This shows employers that you are working for more than just financing your social life. Whether you are paying for a car or saving for college, this will let potential employers know that you are working toward a goal.
2. Mention your eagerness to learn and your motivation and self starting once you have been trained. An employer doesn’t want a worker that needs step by step supervision. He wants someone that can be trained and then will do their job without a supervisor having to nag them like a Mother.
3. Express your willingness to work with others and your ability to be a team player.
4. Mention any volunteer experience you have as well as any unpaid, apprentice work you may have done.
Whether you use a template and fill it in with your information or collect the best parts of several templates to build your professional student cover letter potential employers will be impressed by the extra effort and will definitely give your cover letter and resume a read. This hopefully will lead to the employer calling you in for an interview.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never had a job before, potential employers are willing to train you, and because student job searching is a competitive market with everyone looking for flexible hours and good pay anything you can do to make your application, resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd will be a positive effort. Don’t be discouraged and make sure that you have plenty of copies of your cover letter and resume to submit until you find a job.
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