Finally, while the responsibilities of work-study positions might not seem relevant to the job you seek at first, if you scrutinize what you did, you can probably come up with at least one applicable skill. Reliability and a strong work ethic are among the highly desirable characteristics your work-study job can demonstrate.
Once you’ve identified some ways to make the most of your college experience, it’s important to relate those valuable experiences to the particular position you’re writing about in your cover letter. Examples:
- While pursuing my degree, I have worked on many group projects related to marketing. The most extensive project was a collaboration among team members to implement a marketing strategy for merchandising Guess Jeans in Spain.
In addition to my challenging and competitive academic program, I have taken many courses that directly relate to the consulting profession. In my Small Business Management class, for example, I consulted with a Nassau County law firm. The consulting work included research and presentations and focused on hardware and software selection, marketing, and reengineering.
Note that in this next example, the writer not only describes the information systems he developed as part of his coursework but explains how that experience could benefit the company he’s writing to:
- Dear Mr. Wilson:
Ted Pizzuto suggested I contact you about the accounting position that is available at Baldwin Corporation. He informed me that Baldwin is looking for an applicant who has experience with accounting and computer information systems.
As a student majoring in accounting at the University of Miami, I have gained a great deal of knowledge in the accounting field. I understand that Baldwin wishes to hire someone who can develop an information system to track sales and inventory. During the course of my studies, I have developed several information systems related to customer orders using Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, and Visual Basic.