Are you finding it difficult to write a detailed cover letter because you simply do not have a lot of work experience? Often times, when you are starting to build your career, you may find that putting together a cover letter, to accompany your resume, can be very challenging, simply because you do not have enough employment history. But don’t forget, all of your experiences together can be used to create a valid cover letter.
Include such things as:
• Volunteer experience –church groups, community events, etc;
• Work Terms – any relevant work term that may have been part of your schooling program;
• Education –courses that you have taken that show you have developed skills that make you the right fit for the job;
• Leadership experience – this could include any coaching you may have done, i.e. junior sports, community leadership activities, such as Scouts/Guides, etc;
• Extracurricular activities – include sporting activities, to demonstrate team participation, goal setting, dedication, etc.
Any skills that you have gained, that pertain to the position for which you are applying, can be mentioned in your cover letter. Including this information is a good way to demonstrate that you have gained relevant skills through life experience, even though your actual work experience may be limited.
Remember, you can review other sample cover letters for entry level candidates, talk to friends and classmates, reach out to your school counsellors or engage the services of a career coach to help you build that all important cover letter. This document could be what makes you stand out from the other applicants.