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.
Sample Resumes and Letters for Students
Resume, Cover Letter and Reference Letter Student and Graduate Samples
Are you a student looking for a job or internship? Writing a resume and cover letter can be a challenge when you don't have much practice - or work experience to include. Before you start, it can be helpful to review examples to get ideas for your resumes and cover letters.
The following sample resumes, cover letters, and reference letters are especially for high school students, college students, and graduates seeking employment or internships.
What to Include on Your Resume
As you review them, you’ll see that there are creative ways to compensate for a lack of substantial work experience. Resumes for students and / or new graduates can be quite effective if they showcase one’s education, volunteer work, and both academic and personal achievements.
It is also important to emphasize soft skills in lieu of work experience. Everyone has individual, innate talents and personality traits that can help become valued employees. Soft traits include characteristics like work ethic, a can-do attitude, personal and social networking, oral and written communications talents, creative thinking, positivity, teamwork, good decision making skills, motivational talents, flexibility, time management, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and critical thinking skills.
Finally, if you are a recent college graduate, your resume should be crafted to describe your major field of study and it should be presented in the format that’s expected by employers in your industry – resumes for jobs in the sciences (lab technicians, bench scientists, research assistants) will be formatted differently, for example, than those designed for communications jobs (editors, social media specialists, marketing specialists).
A well-written resume will help you to stand out from the competition and spark an employer’s interest. It should be clear, concise, and free of spelling and grammatical errors.
The links below will give you strategies for creating a resume and cover letter targeted for your own specific field of expertise.
The links below also provide useful writing, formatting, and job search tips.
Sample Student and Recent Graduate Resumes and Letters
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Entry Level Cover Letter Samples
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Student and Recent Graduate Cover Letter Samples
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Sample Student Reference Letters
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Resume, Cover Letter, and Reference Resources for Students
Writing Your First Resume
Student resume writing tips and suggestions on how to write a resume for the first time.
How to Write a Resume
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Resume Writing Tips
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How to Write a Cover Letter
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Cover Letter Tips
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.
Information on reference and recommendation letters, sample letters of recommendation and reference lists, how to ask for a reference, and how to use references. There is also information on what reference checkers can ask about you and what previous employers can disclose.
Job Search Tips
Step-by-step guide to a successful job search. Review all the information you need to line up a job or internship.