Round out your job application with a professional cover letter. We have plenty of info about cover letters and how to write your own, but if you are specifically looking to get into Graphic Design as a high schooler with little to no experience, you’ve come to the right place.
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- High School Student Cover Letter Sample & Resume (Image)
- High School Student Cover Letter Sample (Text Format)
- 5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
High School Student Cover Letter & Resume (Image)
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High School Student Cover Letter (Text Format)
142 Facebook Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA, 94301 United States
March 21, 2017
Hiring Manager’s Name
341 Company Address
Santa Monica, CA, 94301
Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],
My name is Eleanor Guthrie, and I am a senior at Santa Monica High School interested in becoming a skilled professional in graphic design. I saw [Target Company’s] internship opening on Behance and think I would be the most qualified and driven high school student for the High School Summer Internship position.
As an eager student and graphic designer, I have supervised Yearbook Club design campaigns and formatted page layouts for the Santa Monica School Paper while managing AP Art, Intro to Graphic Design, and Computer Applications coursework with a 3.6 GPA. I am also a member of the National Honors Society and the National Art Education System. To further assure you of my qualifications, I have included 3 accomplishments from my resume:
- Created a Yearbook logo designed to incorporate school mascot and colors; opted to use coated paper in 2016, which improved photo quality and increased profits by 5%.
- Procured advertising for school paper, saving organization 25% in costs.
- Edited and curated photos used for school paper; increasing readership by 15%.
I admire [Target Company’s] acceptance of and willingness to promote avant-garde artists and their diverse styles in their major ad campaigns. This has inspired me to pursue graphic design as a career and taught me to believe in my creative ideas, no matter how strange or daring they may seem.
I am thrilled at the opportunity of learning under [Target Company’s] graphic design team and would like to schedule an interview as soon as possible. Please contact me at [Phone] or via email at [Email] should you select my application. Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.
5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
1. Show Them Who You Are: Obviously, your introduction should include your name, high school, and grade, but you should also aim to impress hiring managers with a confident introduction. For example, our applicant starts out by saying she’s “interested in becoming a skilled professional in graphic design.” This assertive tone looks professional and mature.
2. Elaborate on Your Skills: If you’re a high schooler, you likely have little to no work experience. If this is your situation, then emphasizing the qualifications you do have is your best bet. Our applicant focuses on her contributions to the school paper and the Yearbook Club while juggling tough coursework and maintaining a high GPA. If you are not involved in any extracurricular activities, then mention soft skills that are relatable to your desired position.
A great way to show initiative and maturity is to research the company and incorporate those facts into your cover letter.
3. Mention Your Accomplishments: A common problem for high schoolers is filling up the entire cover letter page. Instead of using large font sizes or increasing margins, we suggest including 3 noteworthy achievements from your resume. The bullet point format takes up lots of space and sticks out from the body of your cover letter. This method will direct the attention where you want it.
4. Research the Target Company: A great way to show initiative and maturity is to research the company and incorporate those facts into your cover letter. Our applicant used this tactic to bolster her own credibility with the target agency.
5. Close with Your Details: You mentioned your contact information already, but it helps to mention your details again. Close with a request for an interview and thank them for their time.
Cover Letter Examples for Students and Recent Graduates
The following cover letters and cover letter templates are designed especially for high school students, as well as for college students and recent graduates seeking employment.
If you're a student or a new grad, you may not have much experience in the workforce. This can make building a resume and writing a cover letter challenging. After all, if you haven't worked previously, what information can you include in these two documents?
What to Include in Your Cover Letter
Fortunately, on-the-job experience is not the only thing that shows your abilities. You can also mention volunteer work, academic achievements, participation in clubs or activities, and internships. Your academic background is also an asset. Include details that are relevant to the position you want (use the job description as your guide to the qualities and training the employer seeks).
If you are an honors student with a GPA higher than 3.5, it is a good idea to mention this on a cover letter as well, along with any honors societies you have been inducted into.
Another things you can mention are soft skills – interpersonal “people” skills like creative thinking, communication, team work, or time management that will help you to adapt easily to the people and clients or customers you will be working with.
Your goal in this cover letter is to show how you would be an asset to the company, describing the skills you bring that would allow you to perform well in the position.
Below, you'll find a list of student cover letters, listed by position and level of experience, to help you develop your own cover letter.
Sample Student / Recent Graduate Cover Letters
Cover Letter Templates
Before you can begin writing your cover letter, it's important to know the guidelines governing these letters.
Unlike a casual email to a friend, there are set standards for how to greet recipients, organize the letter's content, and much more.
That's where templates can help: they allow you to know what information to put where, and they help you format your letter correctly. Review the templates below:
Student and Recent Graduate Cover Letter Samples
This list of cover letters includes both general examples that will help you format your letter, as well as sample cover letters used to apply for specific positions, such as roles as a nanny or a marketing assistant.
Do not copy these sample letters — instead, use them as a guide to help you know what kind of information to include, and how to format your letter.
Cover Letter Writing Tips
Cover Letter Writing Guide
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to write a cover letter, including what to include in the letter, how to write it, and the proper cover letter format.
Plus, find out about how to write a targeted cover letter and browse through additional cover letter samples and examples.
Cover Letter Tips
Here are cover letter tips and techniques for writing top notch cover letters to send with your resume, including cover letter format and presentation, choosing a type of cover letter, writing custom cover letters, and cover letter examples and templates.