Let’s examine how — in a single paragraph — these students can describe these college jobs in their cover letters in terms of transferable and applicable skills that relate to post-college jobs they’re applying for:
- Server in restaurant seeking entry-level marketing position
- Retail associate seeking teaching position
- Office clerk seeking entry-level accounting position
- Babysitter/nanny seeking position as management trainee
- Bank teller seeking entry-level position in a stock brokerage
- Fitness instructor seeking entry-level position in health care
- Campus computer-lab assistant seeking position in consulting
- Resident advisor/Resident assistant seeking sales position
- Telemarketer/phone survey taker seeking position in hotel management
Server in restaurant seeking entry-level marketing position
In addition to my marketing coursework, I have employed marketing and customer-service skills in the restaurant field. In my most recent position, I marketed appetizers, desserts, and other add-ons to customers and added value to their dining experience. I would like to apply the same sales savvy and interpersonal skills in the marketing position you have open. [Note: This is the cover-letter version of the resume wording on page X [link].
Retail associate seeking teaching position
As a sales associate in a retail store, I successfully handled customers’ needs every day. To succeed, I had to be a patient and diplomatic problem-solver. Because the same kinds of patience and creative problem-solving are required of teachers, I am confident I will be an effective third-grade teacher at your school.
Office clerk seeking entry-level accounting position
The office clerk job I held every summer throughout college demanded a high degree or organization and detail-orientation. My former employer can affirm that I am fully capable of applying these important skills at your accounting firm. My experience also taught me the importance of fitting into the office culture, and I stand ready to become a contributing member of your team.
Babysitter/nanny seeking position as management trainee
As a former caregiver to three active youngsters, I certainly know the importance of good time management. I’ve gained that skill, along with exemplary leadership, organizational, and communications talents that would contribute to our mutual success when I join your management trainee program.