If you’re a college student in search of a summer job, chances are good that you’ll be asked to apply online, either through an email or through an employer’s automated job application system. However, it isn’t enough simply to send your resume. While the job may only be for the summer, you need to approach your application as you would any position you would apply for as a career.
Purpose of the Cover Letter
A well-written cover letter should always accompany your email application because this is the “introduction” that will allow your personality to shine and help you to rise above your competition.
Of course, you want to write a cover letter that is going to grab a hiring manager’s attention. You want to convey why you are the best applicant for the position and make yourself stand out in a positive way. Your cover letter will need to include:
- The title of the job you’re applying for and how you learned about it
- A brief description of the experience or training that would make you a good candidate for the job
- Specific mention of the skills you possess that match with the “qualifications” requested in the employer’s job announcement
- A sincere “thank you for your consideration,” accompanied by a request for a personal interview
Summer Job Email Cover Letter
Subject Line of Email Message: Student Assistant Position - Your Name
To the Campus Office,
I am very interested in the student assistant position at the Campus Office that you advertised on the XYZ job posting website.
For the past two years, I have been employed as an assistant in the Math Department at XYZ, where I performed various office duties. In my current position, I report directly to the department head.
My duties in the Math Department include such basic office tasks as working with Microsoft Word, researching and preparing PowerPoint presentations, preparing Excel spreadsheet programs for math professors, and assisting in the preparation of various department class presentations.
I feel that I have a sound work ethic and have been employed in some capacity ever since my junior year in high school when I worked in the mailroom at a local newspaper. I am highly responsible, I pay close attention to details, and I understand the need for confidentiality. All of these attributes contribute to making me an ideal candidate for your student assistant position.
I have attached my resume for your consideration and would appreciate the opportunity of an interview to present my qualifications in more detail.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Summer Research Assistant Cover Letter (Text Version)
Subject Line of Email Message: Summer Research Assistant - Your Name
Dear Mr. or Ms. Last Name,
I am writing to you to express my deep interest in the research assistant summer position that was posted on Monster.com this past Monday.
As you will see from my resume, I have laboratory experience in biology, chemistry, and geology, both in the field and in research settings. My lab work includes performing chemical reactions, and I am adept in using compound, dark-field, phase-contrast, and fluorescent microscopes to observe multiple and diverse specimens. My environmental field studies include conducting outdoor laboratory assessments of water chemistry, an area I am keenly interested in.
Because I have both field and lab experience, I believe I would be an asset to your program. Additionally, this position would provide me with the ideal opportunity to expand my research skills.
I hope to schedule an interview with you at a mutually convenient time. I look forward to speaking with you, and in the meantime, I have attached my resume.
Thank you for your consideration.
How to Send 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. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Always start your email message with a proper salutation.