How to Write a Cover Letter for an Entry Level Position
Cover letters can make or break a job application
By Laura Schneider
Updated November 13, 2017
Whenever you apply for a job, your written application and cover letter will be the first point of contact with a prospective employer. That means that your cover letter should be a polished and professional as possible, so as to make a positive impression. Imagine the letter being read in Human Resources, passed along to the hiring manager and shared with the team you'd like to join. If the letter doesn't put you in the best possible light, it's not doing its job.
Why Is the Cover Letter Important?
Every employer will ask you to send along your resume; the cover letter literally "covers" the resume. It's also a tool for expressing your personality, enthusiasm, and knowledge to your prospective employer. Even if your resume is short, your cover letter can make up for that and earn you an interview.
Cover letters can also provide an employer with information about your basic skills and preparation for the workplace. How literate are you? Do you know how to format and proofread? More importantly, do you take the time to be sure your letter is perfect before sending it off?
Tips for Writing a Cover Letter for an Entry Level Job
- Before writing a cover letter, it's helpful to do some research into the company to which you're applying. Why do you want this job at this company (as opposed to any job at any company)? Even if you're secretly willing to accept any decent job at any decent company, it's important to show each prospective employer that you've taken the time to learn about their specific organization.
- Balance the letter on the page by adjusting the spacing. Even if you are applying electronically, the employer may print this out to read, so it should look nice.
- Choose an appropriate font. Comic book sans is not an option. Best choices include Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia.
- Write in a formal style (unless there is a specific reason for doing otherwise).
Sample Cover Letter: Entry Level Position
Use this sample cover letter when you do not have a contact name to address your application to.
Your street address (line 12)
City, State, zip
Month Day, Year (current date)
Company Street Address
City, State, zip code
SUBJECT: RESUME OF JOHN JONES (in caps)
I read with interest your advertisement for engineering positions at ABC Company. Your company is one of the leaders in the electronics industry, and I am interested in being employed by a company with your background. [This is a good place to add a few words about this unique company; for example: "I was excited to see, in last week's news, that ABC was named one of the top cybersecurity companies in America."]
Enclosed is a copy of my resume that details my academic qualifications and practical experience gained through the cooperative education program. As you can see from my resume, I have a firm foundation in electrical engineering. [This is a good place to add a few words about yourself; for example: "My internship with XYZ company also provided me with opportunities to learn first hand about the importance of cybersecurity, and gave me a good grounding in the nuts and bolts of the field."]
Thank you for taking your time to review my resume. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss how my education, practical skills, and background would qualify me to be a member of the ABC Company. My references are available upon request.
Please contact me at 555-555-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time for an interview. I look forward to hearing from you.
(3-4 blank lines)
Your Signature goes here if sending a hard copy. Then 3 blank lines
JOHN JONES (your typed name, in caps)
Use “Enclosure” at the end if you are submitting your cover letter and resume via hard copy. If you are submitting via email, change this word to “Attachment” instead.
Machine Operator Cover Letter
Machine Operators work in manufacturing and production environments and are responsible for controlling and maintaining machines. Essential job responsibilities for a Machine Operator are adjusting machine settings, feeding raw materials to machines, completing production cycles, testing machines on a regular basis, inspecting machine output for flaws, solving issues that may occur during their shift, cleaning machines at the end of the shift, and implementing safety procedures.
A successful cover letter example for Machine Operator should mention the following skills and qualifications:
- Practical skills
- Physical fitness and stamina
- Troubleshooting abilities
- Attention to safety
- Effective communication
- Computer literacy
- Reporting skills
- Being able to read blueprints and schematics
- Availability for work in shifts
Similar job qualifications can be seen in the cover letter sample provided just below.
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Dear Mr. Rojas:
If you are looking for a reliable and skilled individual to join your team as your next Machine Operator, I respectfully ask that you consider the enclosed resume. With solid experience operating a range of heavy equipment to ensure first-rate productivity, efficiency, and safety in manufacturing units, I am confident that I have the knowledge and skills necessary to help your workplace succeed.
My background includes 12 years of experience utilizing and maintaining a variety of manufacturing equipment while excelling on fast-paced assembly lines. From using precision tools and inspecting parts to keeping workstations clean and following all safety guidelines, I excel at meeting deadlines by working rapidly and collaboratively with coworkers and management teams. In addition, my dexterity, attention to accuracy, and excellent communication skills are certain to make me a strong asset to your team.
A sampling of my qualifications includes the following:
- Operating heavy machinery to produce exhaust systems that met production quotas and quality standards at Gunaffo Industries.
- Maintaining safe usage of all equipment while adjusting settings to mitigate injuries and optimize productivity.
- Inspecting parts and systems, troubleshooting and resolving problems, and performing weekly maintenance checks on machines.
- Diagnosing machine-related issues and/or malfunctions to prevent efficiency loss and meet scheduled deadlines.
- Working effectively with fellow employees, helping to train and mentor new team members.
My proven ability to utilize various heavy machinery to optimize product quality and operational efficiency, along with my rock-solid work ethic and my dedication to quality control excellence, will contribute greatly to the success of your company. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to hear from you soon.
John S. Homes