How to Write a Good Cover Letter For a Job Application With No Experience

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The first step regardless of experience is to try and find out to whom you are writing your cover letter. For most job applications nowadays you will be sending your cover letter through an automated system online. In these cases, it is alright to address your letter to an unspecified person, such as “To Whom It May Concern”. 

In your opening paragraph you will want to create a connection between yourself and the person reading your cover letter. 

If a friend or family member has referred you and has specifically told you to mention their name, this is the place to name-drop. 

You will also need to mention the position name and any corresponding number from the job application or listing. 

If you truly have no work experience then you can draw from your education, whether it be college or high school. Again, look through the job listing for skills that are transferable - skills that you have to use no matter what industry a job is in. 

A lot of entry-level jobs will have transferable skills and skills specifically based around a worker’s attitude and seriousness towards employment. 

There’s also the human element that can become a factor when you reach into untapped areas of experience. You cannot write as if you are writing to a robot with no emotions. 

The body of your cover letter should also include reasons why you want to work for their company specifically over other companies in the industry. 

For example, some companies will list the charity work they do either locally or nationally. If it’s important for you to work for a company that gives back, specifically mention that - especially if you have similar experience (say, doing volunteer work for that charity, or charities like it). 

Your closing should include a notification of how and when you intend to follow up (usually a week or so, unless told otherwise in the job listing) and your phone number along with your availability for an interview. 


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