Entry-Level Editorial Assistant Cover Letter Example

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Applying for an entry-level position can be challenging, since you may not have a long work history. Still, there is likely plenty of relevant information that you can include in your cover letter to help show you are a good fit for the position. For example, you can include your college major and any advanced degrees, pertinent volunteer experience, any internships you've had in the field you want to work in, and personal skills that correlate to the position you're applying for.

Are you looking for inspiration as you consider what to write in your cover letter? Take a look at this sample email cover letter for an editorial assistant job, as well as tips for how to write and send your letter. Note that this particular job was advertised for college students. 

Editorial Assistant Cover Letter Example

This is an editorial assistant cover letter example. Download the editorial assistant cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Editorial Assistant Cover Letter Example - Email (Text Version)

Subject: Editorial Assistant Position

Dear Hiring Manager:

I am interested in the summer editorial position currently available at Cambridge Editorial, Inc. As an English and Journalism double major at The College of Greater Boston, I have developed strong literary skills and proudly completed my freshman year with a 3.9 GPA, which qualified me for Dean’s List. Coupled with my passion for writing, I also have sharp analytical abilities and well-developed communication skills. In addition to my academic background, I possess real-life experience that pertains directly to the internship position.

This past winter, I interned at the Central Massachusetts Newspaper and Magazine Publishing House. One of my primary responsibilities was reviewing and editing reader submissions regarding Boston restaurants, music venues, and other various cultural offerings. These cultural offerings were published in some two dozen newspapers and magazines in the broader New England area. Additionally, I performed comprehensive research pertaining to Boston restaurants and was responsible for organizing my findings into coherent reports. I also worked independently to obtain, edit, and present diner reviews, a task that helped sharpen my communication and organizational skills and editorial abilities.

Additionally, I am a Senior Editor for my college newspaper and also volunteer on the paper's Review Committee that edits students’ submissions of commentaries, editorials, and both fiction and non-fiction work.

As a creative thinker, I pioneered the development of a university-sponsored online blog that publishes student reviews of local restaurants, bars, clubs, and entertainment activities, and I am responsible for reviewing and editing these submissions. I am eager to apply all my skills and experience to the editorial assistant position at Cambridge Editorial, Inc.

Thank you very much for your consideration and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me by e-mail or by phone.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope an interview can be arranged at your earliest convenience so I can present my qualifications in more detail.

Sincerely yours,

Ms. Jennifer Delancey
12 Linden St.
Boston, MA 02215
555.555.5555
delancey@greaterboston.edu

Tips for Writing an Entry-Level Cover Letter

As with any cover letter, you'll see that the body of this email can be divided into three main sections: 

1. Why you're writing: Clearly state in the opening paragraph the reason for your email, and include the full job title. 

2. Your relevant experience and qualifications: Remember, if you haven't held a full-time job in this industry before, you can include other details about skills and work/volunteer experience that would make you a strong candidate. Make the case for your candidacy here! Do your best to frame this as how you'll benefit the employer (not how this job will benefit you). 

3. Close with next steps. Sign off by thanking the reader for their time and mentioning that your resume is attached (if you are attaching your resume). You can also include next steps for how you will follow up. 

Tips for Sending Your Cover Letter 

Because Mac and PC computers do not always communicate well with each other it's best to paste your cover letter into the body of an email message unless the company requests an attachment. 

What about your resume? Most likely, you'll need to attach that document. If you save your Word (or other word processing document) as a PDF than you will eliminate the possibility of formatting errors due to different computer operating systems. 

Always make sure to include a well-crafted subject line to your email. Add a signature section at the end with your contact information. 

Make sure to proofread carefully (and triple-check that any attachments you mention are indeed attached) before hitting send. 

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