Are you interested in making marketing your career? When applying for your first position in marketing, make sure to include in your cover letter any previous experience that highlights your related skills and abilities, and builds upon your resume.
The following is a sample cover letter for an entry-level marketing position. Use this example as a guide and make adjustments based on your qualifications to fit the position you are applying to.
Tips for Writing a Marketing Cover Letter
- Include related experience: In the body of your letter, include any experiences that are related to the job you’re applying for. Even if you have never had a marketing job, include experiences where you demonstrated the skills and abilities required for the job.
- Use specific examples: You want your cover letter to expand upon your resume. One way to make your cover letter stand out is to provide specific examples of times you demonstrated skills or qualities needed for the job. Examples prove that you have what it takes to do the job well.
- Use keywords: Look for keywords in the job description – words that emphasize the skills or qualities needed for the job. Include some of these keywords in your cover letter.
- Begin with a sample or template: A cover letter sample or template can help you decide what information to include, and how to format your cover letter. However, when you use a sample or template, be sure to change the information to fit the job you are applying for.
- Use business letter format: Use the official business letter format when writing your letter. You want this letter to be professional.
Be sure to thoroughly proofread your cover letter. Your letter needs to be polished and professional so that you make a strong first impression.
How to Analyze a Marketing Job Posting
The first step to take before you actually put pen to paper to write your cover letter is to take a highlighter to the job announcement. Mark the most important skills or qualifications it requires (these are typically placed under subheadings such as “Job Requirements,” “Required Qualifications,” or “Preferred Qualifications”).
Next, try to pepper your cover letter as well as your resume with these keyword phrases. Since many employers now use automated applicant tracking systems (ATS) to review the first round of submissions they receive, your application documents all need to contain the keywords that these systems are programmed to seek.
Applications are ranked according to the positioning of significant keywords and the number of times they are used. If your cover letter and resume do not contain these keywords, they may never reach the human eye of a hiring manager.
Sample Job Posting
Here is a sample job posting for an entry-level marketing position. The most significant keywords are highlighted in boldface.
Our team at ABC Marketing Group is seeking a talented Marketing Assistant / Coordinator to be our next rising star!
We are looking for a charismatic communicator with superb interpersonal and client relations skills. If you are creative, diligent, and passionate about formulating unique and dynamic marketing strategies for major players in the eCommerce sector, we’d love to talk with you about the career opportunities we offer.
Job Responsibilities: Facilitate print, digital, and email marketing campaigns and promotions. Create and administer web pages; manage social media platforms for clients. Communicate with clients through email and in one-on-one meetings.
Job Skills & Qualifications
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Advertising, or Communications. Strong writing, digital design, and communications talents.
Preferred Qualifications: Successful intern experience in marketing or public relations. WordPress and HTML
Match Your Letter to the Job
You can see that common keywords for an entry-level marketing job include words like “marketing,” “public relations,” “email,” “social media,” and “web pages.” Many of these are used in the text of the following cover letter example.
Entry Level Marketing Cover Letter Sample
You can use this cover letter sample as a model. Download the template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online), or read the text version below.
Cover Letter Example - Entry Level Marketing (Text Version)
City, State Zip Code
Cell Phone Number
City, State Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
I am very interested in the open marketing position with ABC Marketing Group. I believe that my education and employment experiences make me an ideal candidate for the position.
During my tenure at XYZ College, I developed a passion for marketing and public relations. I have sought out multiple opportunities to develop my marketing skills. For example, last summer, I interned at the National Sculpture Society in New York City. My position entailed developing web pages and slideshows publicizing the success of the society's artists. I was able to utilize my web authoring skills to assist the organization in their goal to promote sculpture.
As an assistant at XYZ College’s career services office, I am responsible for updating information on alumni, career advisors, and companies who publicize internships with our office. This involves heavy calling during my shifts at the office. In addition to calling, I also email clientele. This calls for me to employ interpersonal skills to communicate with clients effectively. Due to my strong communication skills, I have been given even more responsibilities. For example, I now publicize all career services events via multiple social media platforms.
I believe that my experiences in marketing and my interpersonal skills make me a prime candidate for this position. I am a diligent worker, and passionate about my work. I will be a valuable asset to your company and will use this as an opportunity to grow and further the development of my marketing skill set.
Thank you very much for considering my application for candidacy. I will follow up within a week to confirm that all of my materials were received and hopefully set up an interview time.
Your Signature (hard copy letter)
Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:
Subject: Marketing Position - Your Name
Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information.