by Sarah Wilkinson, Class of ’17
The way to get the job you want is to, in part, write a cover letter that conveys your passion and excitement for the position you’re applying for. Here are samples for every major in the EHS division.
Begin each cover letter with where you live, like “100 Maple Street” (next line) “Burlington, VT 05401” (next line) “April 15, 2015.” Cover letters are generally single-spaced or at 1.15 points. After your own address, list the address of the employer you are writing too. And, we’re not talking about home address, but the address of their place of employment. For example: “Patrick Sheehan, Executive Director” (next line) “Chittenden County Court Diversion” (next line) “184 King Street” (next line) “Burlington, VT 05401.” Please note that these won’t be included in the following samples, but should be in your cover letter! Click on any of the major headings and find the links to “cover letter samples” on the landing page to see this in practice.
Criminal Justice Cover Letter
Re: Case manager position
Dear Mr. Sheehan:
It is with great enthusiasm and interest that I apply for this position. Having spent many hours over my years as a Champlain College student both as an intern and volunteer, I believe I have the knowledge, experience, and skills to “hit the road running.”
Restorative justice began as an interest, developing into a passion as my experience and knowledge grew. My work on the community panel gave me insight into social justice issues that face our communities on a daily basis. It would be easy for me to say that the most valuable experience of my four years at Champlain College was my time spent at Court Diversion.
Having spent time interning and volunteering there, my skills are well known to staff. I also believe that my youth and fresh degree can be viewed as a benefit, offering a different perspective.
I look forward to hearing from you soon to discuss my credentials and why this would be a great match.
Terry L. Smith
Early Childhood/Elementary Education Cover Letter
Dear __________: (If unknown, use “Dear Search Committee” not “To Whom It May Concern, or Dear Sir or Madam”)
The first sentence must name the specific position for which you are applying. This is because the very first reader of your resume will probably be a secretary who needs this information to place your letter in the correct pile.
Begin your second paragraph with a standout sentence that accomplishes three goals: It grabs the attention of the reader, shows how you can help the school address its needs, and sets a well-written, genuine tone. Continue with a brief but effective description of your strengths and accomplishments as they relate to the needs of the school. You can highlight other special skills or knowledge that sets you apart from other candidates at the end of this paragraph. If you have any special connection to the school—e.g., you are a graduate of the school or you student-taught there—mention it in the first sentence of this paragraph.
Use the third paragraph to reveal yourself more fully to the reader. You have two choices here: Candidates who are returning to the workforce after raising their families, those who are changing jobs or careers, and inexperienced applicants can explain these circumstances. Alternatively, you can amplify some of your accomplishments or special talents.
The fourth paragraph expresses your heartfelt commitment to teaching and to helping children. You should conclude by thanking the reader and requesting a personal interview.
Environmental Policy Cover Letter
Re: Efficiency Smart Intern
Dear Ms. Smith:
It was a pleasure meeting you and learning more about VEIC at the Champlain College Career Fair last week. I am very interested in applying for the internship currently posted with the Efficiency Smart program and believe that my education, skill development, and core values would be a good fit with your organization.
The mission of VEIC is near and dear to my heart. I am one of those kids who grew up always finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Studying environmental policy is the next step in my life to becoming an active participant in “making change.” This internship would be an opportunity for me to work closely with people who are actively engaged in that process. I also believe that I would be an intern who would contribute to the program professionally.
VEIC has regularly been listed as “Top Ten Best Places to Work in Vermont.” It would be an honor to join your team as motivated and eager intern.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and discussing this internship and why I believe it would be a great match.
Morgan J. Allen
Legal Studies Cover Letter
Re: Legal Assistant position
Dear Attorney Kaplan:
As a recent Legal Studies graduate of Champlain College, I am excited to apply for this position. One of my professors, Hon. Edward J. Cashman, spoke very highly of you and your firm and suggested I would be a good candidate for this position.
While a student at Champlain College I interned with the U.S. Federal Defender’s office in Burlington. This was an incredibly rich experience, exposing me to the Federal criminal justice process from initial filing of charges to jury selection and trial. As a legal assistant, I know the importance of efficiency, accuracy, and confidentiality. Maintaining a high GPA while holding down a part-time job as a college student is evidence that I am able to produce high quality work under pressure. I also possess very strong technical skills, as indicated by my resume and LinkedIn profile.
I believe I have the knowledge, skills, and motivation to learn that would allow me to become an integral member of your team quickly. I look forward to hearing from you and setting up a time to discuss my qualifications for this position and why I believe it would be a good match.
Robin A. Smith
Middle School Education and Secondary Education Cover Letters
Dear Hiring Managers Title and First and Last Name:
Please consider my resume and cover letter for the Social Media Specialist position that was posted on the Champlain College website. This position is an excellent fit with my education, experience, and career interests. Lake Champlain Chocolates is a company that I am very interested in working for because of its strong reputation of being an industry leader in the fair trade movement.
In May of 2016 I will receive my Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. As my resume indicates, my coursework and internship experience has helped me to develop effective social media promotional campaigns, online analytics, analysis and technical skills. My key strengths and contributions include:
- Social Media: Increased Facebook followers by 75% for the Peace and Justice Center through a two week values based promotional campaign
- Analytics: Conducted an audit of website traffic for Champlain’s Sustain Champlain website and increased traffic by 50% over a four-month period
- Technical Skills: Demonstrated proficiency in learning new applications quickly. Skilled in using Microsoft Office, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Leadership: Engaged 100% of my student advisees in harvesting food through the Intervale as a Peer Advisor, promoting the importance of eating local
My background and career goals match your job requirements and I am confident that I can perform the job effectively. I am genuinely interested in the position and in working for Lake Champlain Chocolates.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to discussing how I might contribute to the team and the continued success of Lake Champlain Chocolates.
Your First and Last Name
Psychology Cover LEtter
Re: Drop-In Center Intern position
Dear Mr. Smith:
As a junior in Applied Psychology at Champlain College, I have been interested in gaining skills in working with youth who are struggling with substance abuse. This internship would be a perfect match for my professional interest, and I believe I would bring to it knowledge and skills that would be beneficial to your organization.
I recognize that I have much to learn, but believe I have already learned so much about cultural diversity, bias, and social injustice. Substance abuse is still stigmatized and often not understood by society, yet it has a huge impact on our resources. What’s most important to me is that all people are treated with dignity and respect and that this is conveyed in a way that is felt by those we’re seeking to help.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and having the chance to discuss further what I would bring to this internship and why it would be a good fit.
Robin A. Johnson
Social Work Cover Letter
Re: Social Work position
Dear Ms. Smith:
It is with great enthusiasm and interest that I apply for this position. Working with the elderly, specifically in memory care, has become a passion of mine after doing my internship in a similar facility last year.
The aspect of this work that I love the most is helping families during a very difficult time by providing resources, developing trust, and creating an atmosphere that is positive and nurturing. Some might believe my lack of experience and youth makes me not qualified for this challenging position However, I would argue that I bring to this position, youthful enthusiasm, energy, and positivism. Those qualities combined with an education from a nationally-accredited program where I studied current best practices, which included a year-long internship, have prepared me well for this position and launching my career in social work.
Being a good social worker requires many of qualities previously mentioned. It also requires someone to be resourceful, creative, and an active listener. I believe I have these skills and many more that would make me an effective social worker.
I look forward to hearing from you and setting up a time to discuss further my qualifications and why I believe this position would be a great match.
Robin. A. Johnson
Sources: Career Collaborative Resources