Entry Level Finance Cover Letter and Resume Samples
When you are applying for a job in finance, be sure to follow the instructions in the job posting exactly. If a cover letter is required, make sure yours is a good one. It can help to look at a sample of an entry level finance cover letter to help you know what to include. It’s also helpful to review resume examples so you can see how yours compares.
The following is an example of a cover letter for an entry level finance position.
When you are applying for an entry level job that doesn't require significant work experience, include information on the related courses you have taken, any internships you have done, and the finance skills you have gained while in college.
It's important to be specific, and to take the time to match your qualifications to the job description. The closer the match, the better your chances will be of getting picked for an interview.
Also see below for an example of a resume for a finance position.
Sample Cover Letter - Entry Level Finance Position
Your Contact Information
City, State, Zip Code
Cell Phone Number
Employer Contact Information
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
I am very interested in the entry-level position that is available at ABC Investment Partners. I recently graduated from XYZ University College and am actively seeking employment with firms in the San Francisco area.
My courses in investments, finance, and business have given me a solid base upon which I plan to build my career.
During my college internships, I dealt with a variety of budgets and conducted market research while handling numerous administrative duties. The experience allowed me to learn important skills and to develop the confidence needed to succeed in a competitive environment.
I have enclosed my resume for your review. Thank you for your time and consideration.
It would be a pleasure to interview with you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Your Signature (hard copy letter)
Your Typed Name
Sample Finance Resume
First Last Name
Street Address, City, State, Zip
Analytical and detail-oriented emerging professional positioned to excel within a challenging entry-level Finance position requiring solid knowledge of investment strategies and international financial markets.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance Major
Southern Technical College, Little Rock, Arkansas
Associate Degree of Applied Science, Computer Aided Drafting
12/20XX – 6/20XX: Finance Student
University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas
Successfully pursued and completed comprehensive course of study in Business Administration and Finance, laying solid groundwork for a career as a Financial Analyst. Relevant coursework included: Financial Accounting, Financial Analysis, Financial Econometrics I & II, Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing, and Macroeconomics I & II.
Structured, researched, and presented well-received individual and group case studies of corporate financial structures, futures markets, commodities pricing, and trading strategies. Completed internships with Frank Financial Services and Premium Tax Services.
1/20XX - Present: Teller
2nd Street Bank, Little Rock, Arkansas
Concurrent with education, gained practical experience as a Teller for established banking firm. Provided first-class customer service to clients at drive-through window; handled cash transactions with 100% accuracy and accountability.
Microsoft Office Suite; Bloomberg, Sage 50 Accounting, SAS, QlikView, PrevisionEPM Financial Reporting, QuickBooks
Related:Finance Major Skills List
Sending an Email Cover Letter and Resume
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: Job Title - Your Name
Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.
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I'm always pushing job seekers to use a relaxed tone in their cover letters. But sometimes a formal cover letter is the right way to go. This is one of those times.
Andrew's Cover Letter for My Review
Andrew sent me this cover letter sample, asking for my help with his entry-level job search.
With this covering letter and attached resume, I would like to express my interest in obtaining employment for an entry-level job position. I submit my qualifications and interest in working with your reputed institution. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree in Accounting from the African Methodist Episcopal University. It is often said that to operate effectively within a financial environment, one must be tenacious, analytical, and highly dedicated. I want to obtain a full position in a banking institution that will utilize my analytical and financial background. I can assure you that if given this opportunity, I would be pleased to apply my competencies to add value as a member of your team. I would relish the challenge of working for such a high-profile institution and admire your commitment to customer service.Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to you to arrange an interview.
Enclosures: Resume and References.
My Take on Andrew's Rather Formal Cover Letter
I really like the polite tone of your cover letter. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I have a few comments that I hope will make it a bit better.
- Although it was once common to start a letter with "Dear Sir/Madam" it is now considered old-fashioned. It would be better to start with "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear Manager."
- The word "reputed" seems a little too much (almost like flattery). I suggest you delete that word.
- It would be good to make a new paragraph with the sentence "It is often said...".
- Perhaps you could say "I would like to obtain..." instead of "I want to obtain...". It's just a little more gentle.
- See how it looks if you make another new paragraph with the sentence, "I can assure you...".
- In the same sentence, I suggest you delete "be pleased to" and "apply my competencies to" so it reads: "I can assure you that if given this opportunity, I would add value as a member of your team."
- In the next sentence, the word "relish" is not quite right. I suggest using "welcome" instead. Also, I suggest using "would uphold" instead of "admire."
- The last sentence needs help. Here's another way to close your letter: "I would very much appreciate the opportunity of a job interview."
The overall tone of your letter is bit formal, but I think it is appropriate given your field. It also hints that you are from a non-American culture. If I'm correct about this, then the tone of your letter is very good. If you want to sound more American (not something I'm pushing for) then think about rewriting the whole thing with a more relaxed tone.
A Quick Rewrite of Andrew's Cover Letter Sample
I took a stab at rewriting your cover letter, using the points above and making a few more edits. Here you go.
With this cover letter and attached resume, I would like to express my interest in obtaining employment for an entry-level position at ____ (name of firm). I have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from the African Methodist Episcopal University.
It is often said that to operate effectively within a financial environment, one must be tenacious, analytical, and highly dedicated. I can assure you that as a member of your team, I would bring these attributes to your firm. I would welcome the challenge of working for such a high-profile institution and would uphold your commitment to excellent customer service.
Thank you for your consideration. I would very much appreciate the opportunity of a job interview.
Enclosures: Resume and References
I think this version keeps your formal tone while making your message a little more streamlined. I hope it helps you land that entry-level job you're looking for.
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