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How to Write a Job Application Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter is essential when applying for jobs. This is the perfect way to express how your specific skills are relevant to the open position. Wow your future employer with this simple cover letter example format.

Write a First Draft

Writing a first draft makes your letter concise and professional, states The Balance Careers. Organize your thoughts by making a list of what you’re trying to convey. Make sure you prioritize certain aspects like your previous job experience and why you would be a good fit for the position. Clearly state what position you’re interested in and why. Think about why you’re applying and what caught your eye about this specific position. Your cover letter will be easier to write after your thoughts are collected and organized.

Customize Your Salutation

When writing a salutation, make sure you know who you are writing to. Is this person the owner of the company or a Human Resources administrator? If you’re not sure, research the company to find out. Addressing your cover letter to a specific person shows initiative and attention to detail. After your salutation, start your letter with a short introduction of yourself. This gives future employers insight into who you are and the purpose of your cover letter.

Write Intentionally

Your cover letter should be no more than one page, so keep your points brief. Clearly state what position you are interested in and why. Explain why you are a good fit for the company because of your past job experience. If you have no similar job experience, let the employer know why you are changing career paths. Expand on your skills and give specific examples of how that skill set helped you at your last position. Name projects you’ve worked on and show results.

Close Your Letter

End your cover letter with a brief sentence and sign off. Thank the employer for their time and express your interest towards the job again. Let them know you’ll follow up with them if you do not hear back within a week and leave your contact information. Sign off with a professional farewell and leave room for a signature if sending a hard copy.

Edit and Proofread

As you finish writing your cover letter, make sure you take time to edit and proofread your document. Make sure it’s structured in a professional format with the company’s information, the salutation and introduction, the body of the letter, a brief closing sentence and farewell. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes to ensure a formal result. Make sure all names are spelled correctly, as well.


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Use this sample cover letter if:

  • you're applying for a job that has been advertised
  • you don't have any formal (paid) work experience

For sample cover letters designed for other situations, see  our sample cover letters page .

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NOTE: DON'T SUBMIT YOUR COVER LETTER AS A .PDF. Always submit your cover letter as a .doc, .docx or .rtf. If you have trouble with this sample cover letter, contact us at [email protected] .

When to use this sample cover letter

This sample cover letter shows what you can write if you apply for an advertised job, but you don't have any paid work experience.

You can use this cover letter whatever your level of education.

What to include in your cover letter

A good cover letter should include:

  • your name, email address and phone number at the top of the page on the right
  • the name of the employer and the contact person's full name on the left
  • a reference line – ‘Re: Application for Casual Retail Sales Assistant position’
  • an address to the reader directly (e.g., ‘Dear Mr Moyle’ - try to avoid using ‘To whom it may concern’ if you can)
  • an opening statement that briefly introduces you to the reader
  • a main body that highlights qualities and characteristics you have that are relevant to the job 
  • a closing paragraph asking to arrange an interview.

Additional things to include in your cover letter

Other things you can mention in your cover letter include:

  • teamwork skills that show you can work with other people
  • skills that show you can learn on the job
  • your strengths and contributions that show you are a stand-out applicant
  • school work experience or volunteer work that demonstrates your strengths and contributions
  • involvement in sporting or community clubs
  • hobbies or interests that are relevant to the job, or that show you are mature and professional.

Key points of this cover letter are that it:

  • introduces you to the reader
  • responds to the requirements of the job
  • attracts the reader's interest and refers them to your resume
  • doesn't include too many ‘I’ statements – remember, it’s not about you, it’s about what you can offer to the employer.

The aim of this kind of cover letter is to show that your personal qualities and characteristics are a good fit with the requirements of the job. You also need to show that you know how to make a positive contribution to the employer.

More resumes and cover letters

For more about resumes and cover letters, visit these pages:

  • How to Write a Cover Letter
  • Sample Cover Letters
  • How to Write a Resume
  • Sample resumes

​Below is the sample cover letter when you don't have any paid work experience.

Joanne Tint Email: [email protected] Mobile: XXXX XXX XXX

7 December 2018

Mr Allan Moyle Moyle Retail Solutions Phone: XXXX XXX XXX Email: [email protected]

RE: Application for Casual Retail Sales Assistant position

Dear Mr. Moyle,

As a highly motivated and dedicated student with strong communication and interpersonal skills, I would like to apply for the position of Casual Retail Sales Assistant.

As a student I have been extensively involved in my school community, which has allowed me to develop strong interpersonal skills. My involvement in various events, including drama eisteddfods and sports carnivals, has allowed me to work closely with my peers while supporting the school community as a whole.

These experiences have allowed me to develop strong time management and organisational skills, which I see as being very important when seeking to work in casual employment while continuing to study.

Personal attributes that I believe make me suitable for this position include:

  • Motivation : Volunteer participation and school results demonstrate high motivation.
  • Customer Service : Assisting with the sale of products at community events has allowed the development of customer service skills.
  • Communication : Acting in drama performances and working as an MC for school events has allowed the development of communication skills.

My teachers and educators have commended me for my willingness to participate and my dedication to helping out where possible. I enjoy working with others and believe that my strong communication skills will ensure that I can meet the expectations of this role.

I am aware that you will receive a large number of applications for this job, but I would very much appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate my capabilities to you in person.

I believe that I have a lot to offer your organisation. I am keen to develop my professional skills and look forward to discussing my application with you at an interview. I have enclosed a copy of my resume for your consideration. I can be contacted at all times on the details provided above.

Thanking you in advance for your time,

Joanne Tint

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Cover Letter Examples with No Experience (with Templates To Use)

What Is a Cover Letter?

Can you write a cover letter with no experience, how to write a cover letter with no experience in 5 steps, when you’re done writing your cover letter with no experience, frequently asked questions, final thoughts, cover letter examples with no experience (with templates to use).

Updated October 25, 2023

Vicky Miller

Unsure about how to write a cover letter with no experience? Sometimes, the best way to grasp the concept is through practical examples.

Composing a cover letter can be a daunting task, especially when you lack work experience. However, there are effective strategies for showcasing your pertinent skills or accomplishments that can pique the interest of the hiring manager. Articulating how your skills can contribute to the employer's needs is the key to setting your cover letter apart from the competition.

In this guide, we delve into the art of crafting a cover letter with no experience, providing you with a template and a real-life example to aid you in constructing a compelling cover letter with no experience.

When you apply for a job, it is best practice to include a cover letter, along with your resume and/or application form.

If you are interested in how to approach writing a cover letter when you have no experience, read on for tips, advice and examples.

A cover letter is a letter that you send to potential employers when you are applying for work or enquiring about job vacancies. It is usually accompanied by your resume.

You might write a physical cover letter or send one electronically as an email or as a separate file, such as a PDF. Your cover letter needs to include your contact details and some information about the job you are applying for, why you want it and why you are a good fit for the role.

A cover letter is an initial chance to showcase a bit of your personality, interests and work ethic to your potential employer.

You may be asking yourself ‘How do I get hired with no experience?’ – the answer is simple:

A well-written cover letter will help you to stand out from other applicants and persuade the hiring manager to take a chance on you.

If you are new to the world of working for a living, you will likely be wondering how to write a cover letter with no experience and whether you need a cover letter to complement your resume at all.

The short answer is yes , you certainly do.

If you lack direct experience, it is true that it may be more difficult to think of relevant and persuasive information that may help to win the hiring over and secure an interview.

However, the chances are that you do already have some experience, even if it has not been directly gained from the workplace.

Most jobs require you to have strong organizational skills , so you could mention a time when you organized an event within your school, at church or within your community.

If you are trying to draft a no experience retail cover letter, you could talk about how you love fashion and helping people find the right color combinations to make them look and feel good.

Teamwork is vital to most job roles and is a key skill that managers look for in recruits. You can demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team in sports that you play or tasks that you have completed with classmates.

Many jobs require cash handling or other types of payment transactions to be performed accurately.

If you have strong numerical reasoning skills, this makes you a good candidate and you should find a way to mention this; perhaps you recently excelled on a test or have won an award for math.

Cover Letter for Job with No Experience: What to Include ?

When applying for a job, your cover letter will often vary depending on the position. However, there are some basics to keep in mind that every cover letter should have.

Later on in the article, you will find some short cover letter examples with no experience.

However, you should always include the following core elements in your cover letter:

Your Name and Contact Information in the Header

If you are shortlisted for an interview, the hiring manager needs to know how to contact you.

Don’t rely on them extracting the information from your resume – they might get hundreds of applications so make it easy for them to get in touch.

At a minimum, you should include a cell number, email address and city/town, if not your full address.

A Friendly Opener/Greeting

Keep it professional. You will usually open with ‘Dear (insert name of hiring manager)’, assuming that you know it.

In some circumstances, you may also write ‘Dear Sir/Madam,’ or ‘Dear Hiring Manager’.

You can check the job advertisement for details on who to address your cover letter to.

Mention the Position That You Are Applying For

If you are responding to an ad for a job vacancy, you should mention the job title that you are applying for.

You might be writing an no experience entry level cover letter, simply enquiring if there is anything at all available.

In this case, you can list a few relevant jobs that the company may have, for example ‘I am writing to enquire if you have any jobs available as a server, dishwasher or cashier’.

A Clear Paragraph Structure

Your cover letter should be coherent and clear. If it is jumbled, rambling, too long or makes no sense, it is likely to be cast aside.

A Professional Conclusion

As you come to the end of writing your cover letter with no experience, you will want to conclude it and sign off in a professional way.

Thank the person reading for taking the time to read it and sign off with either ‘Yours sincerely’ and your name or ‘Kind Regards’ and your name; the former being more professional, the latter more friendly.

In addition to the advice above, whether you are an experienced professional applying for a new role or writing a cover letter with no experience, you should always keep in mind the following:

  • Use a sensible font – Preferably the same font that you have used on your resume, in black text on a white background. Avoid bright colors, emojis or clip art.
  • Your cover letter should look clear and professional – A greeting at the start, a few paragraphs of text and a sign off at the end. Additionally, make sure there is a line break between paragraphs: more white space makes it easier to read.
  • Check your spelling, punctuation, and grammar – Failing to do this might make you appear to lack attention to detail.
  • Use a professional (but friendly) tone and correct wording – Avoid slang or abbreviations.

During your career, there may be a time when, although you have work experience, you decide to apply for a position in a completely new industry and will have to write a cover letter for your application.

In this instance, you may wonder how to approach writing a cover letter with no direct experience. You should focus on your transferable skills, which might include:

  • Organization
  • Good communication – Verbal and written
  • Timekeeping
  • Solid work ethic
  • High standards
  • Problem solving

These skills are highly sought after across the board and are benchmarks of a good employee.

Below is a guide on how to write a cover letter with no experience in 5 simple steps.

In the next part of the article, you will explore some cover letter examples with no experience.

Step 1 . Read the Job Posting Carefully

If you are sending a cover letter with no experience in response to a job advertisement, make sure to read and review the original advert carefully.

While you write, keep checking that your letter aligns with the job posting and that you sound like the ideal candidate (as far as possible).

This will also help you to prepare for questions once you reach the interview stage .

Step 2 . Research the Company You Are Applying to and the Job Role That You Want

It is important to know the company that you are applying to and to be able to talk about what it is they do and possibly how their goals or values align with yours. Remember, the purpose of your cover letter is to demonstrate that you are the right person for the role and a good fit for the company.

Step 3 . List Your Relevant Skills and Accomplishments

You may not have direct work experience, but it is highly likely that you will have gained some important transferable skills throughout your life, education or extra-curricular activities.

In particular, try to think about how you can demonstrate key skills that all jobs require such as organization, good timekeeping and a good work ethic. Hiring managers always like to hear about a time you overcame an obstacle or solved a difficult problem.

Step 4 . Discuss How You Fit the Role

Try to make yourself sound like the ideal candidate for the role (without being overtly untruthful) and, even better, try to convey how the role fits with your aspirations for the future.

Even if you are applying for an entry level position to help you through school or college, try to talk about how you want this valid work experience and strive to work your way up the ladder after learning key skills that only an entry level role could offer.

Step 5 . Directly Ask for an Interview Opportunity

In your cover letter, you can appeal directly to the hiring manager or business owner and say that you are looking forward to discussing the job role further at interview stage . This shows that you are a genuine and serious candidate.

Cover Letter With No Experience: Examples/Samples/Tips

Cover Letter Examples with No Experience

You will want to adapt and personalize your no experience cover letter depending on the role you are applying for, but you can use the below some cover letter examples with no experience for inspiration.

Here, you’ll find a cover letter with no experience samples.

Cover Letter Template with No Experience – Generic Sample

Your name Your contact info [Address, cell phone and email address] Date [optional] [Employer’s Name/Business Name] [Employer’s mailing address] Dear [Name of hiring manager] I am writing to express my interest in [insert name of role]. During my time at [Name of school/college], I have won several awards/organized events, etc., and I am currently working towards [insert relevant credentials]. I have an [X] GPA. The job role for [insert job title] at your company especially caught my eye because [list a couple of relevant skills that show you fit the role well]. I am very keen to build on my skills in [X] and feel that this role could help me to utilize my talents and develop my skills further. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, and I look forward to discussing the job with you further at the interview stage. Your sincerely, [Your signature (optional)] [Your name]

Cover Letter for Receptionist with No Experience – Sample

Karly Simpson 555 666 4231 [email protected] Simone Batts Jade Tanning and Beauty Memphis, TN. Dear Ms. Batts, I saw that you have an opening for a receptionist at your beauty salon, and I would like to apply for the role. I realize that you will want someone who is friendly, organized and reliable – luckily, I am all three! During my time at Central High School I have mastered all aspects of using Microsoft Office and even won an award as part of our Girls Can Code program for some of my IT work. I am highly organized and love working with computers and all kinds of tech. I know how valuable reliability is; I think I can show my commitment to reliability with the fact that I hand in all of my work on time and have not been marked late or absent once all semester. I love helping others and have given up my Saturday mornings for the last year to coach my cousin’s softball team, leading them to their first-ever win, which was so exciting. This is soon coming to an end, giving me greater availability for work. I am also passionate about fashion and beauty and have had my nails done several times at your store in the past – I am really looking forward to being part of the team and helping you all to stay organized and offer the best customer service possible. Looking forward to talking this through further at the interview stage. Yours Sincerely, Karly Simpson

Cover Letter for Internship With No Experience – Sample

If you need to write a cover letter for an internship with no experience, you can use the above information, but rather than talking about the job role, you would mention an internship at the company.

You would then go on to spend some extra time discussing why you want to do your internship at that particular place.

You would need to sell yourself to make the company want to accept you over all of the other potential interns.

Consider mentioning how you could save the company money or improve their productivity: quantify this if possible.

I have been working on an app that could reduce admin costs by at least 10% by offering customers the chance to schedule repeat orders where they are not locked into a contract and can pause at any time. After studying your website, I feel that this could potentially benefit your business model.

Remember not to lie – if shortlisted for an interview, you may be expected to have some tenable numbers and projections ready.

You would open and sign off your internship cover letter with no experience in the same way as in the other examples.

To see an example in practice, you can search for ‘cover letter sample for students with no experience’ online.

Here is a full example:

[Your Name] [Your Address] [Email Address] [Phone Number] [Date] Dear [Recipient's Name] I am writing to express my strong interest in an internship opportunity at [Company Name]. As a [current or recent] [college/university] student majoring in [Your Major], I am eager to apply my skills and knowledge in a practical setting that aligns with my career aspirations. While I may not have direct experience in the field, I am a highly motivated and ambitious individual with a strong desire to learn and contribute to [Company Name]. After extensively researching your company and its values, I am particularly drawn to [Company Name]'s innovative approach to [specific aspect of the industry]. The opportunity to be part of a team that drives positive change and creates innovative solutions greatly appeals to me. During my academic journey, I have acquired a solid foundation in [relevant coursework or skills]. Additionally, I have been actively involved in [mention any extracurricular activities, clubs, or projects relevant to the internship]. Through these experiences, I have developed exceptional [specific skills or qualities] that I believe will enable me to make a valuable contribution to your organization. Moreover, I have recently been working on a personal project that could potentially benefit [Company Name]. I have developed an app that offers customers the flexibility to schedule repeat orders without being locked into a contract, thus allowing them to pause their orders at any time. By implementing this app, I believe that [Company Name] could reduce administrative costs by at least 10% while enhancing customer satisfaction. The potential impact of this innovation on your business model further fuels my enthusiasm to be part of your team. I would be delighted to contribute my dedication, strong work ethic, and enthusiasm to assist [Company Name] in achieving its goals. The opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals in a supportive and challenging environment would provide me with invaluable knowledge and growth. Enclosed is my resume, which provides additional details about my qualifications. I would welcome the opportunity to further discuss how my skills and passion align with the goals of [Company Name] during an interview. Thank you for considering my application. Yours sincerely, [Your Name]

Once you have a draft cover letter that is almost ready to send, you should pause and check it over for the following to make sure it is of the highest standard possible:

Always proofread your work for any spelling , grammar or other errors – attention to detail is key if you want to stand out from other applicants, even for an entry-level role.

Check you have included a mention of your relevant skills . This will get easier once you have experience, however, you need to try to highlight at least a couple of relevant skills (even if they are not workplace-related) and link these back to the role in question.

Save it in the correct format . Most companies like files sent as PDFs, but in some cases another format may be suitable, such as a Microsoft Word document or a Google Doc. Sometimes you might send a cover letter in the body of an email or even as a physical piece of paper. Whichever format you use for your no experience cover letter, it should be professional, clear, and well written.

Delete any unnecessary information . Your cover letter should be concise with just the relevant details included. Hiring managers do not have the time to read your full life story or read any unnecessary filler words or information.

Do I need a cover letter for my resume if I have no experience?

You should always include a cover letter along with your resume even if you have no experience. Your cover letter can help to highlight why you are deserving of an interview over other candidates and why you are a good fit for a vacancy.

What is the best way to start a cover letter with no experience?

You should begin your cover letter with a friendly but professional opening such as ‘Dear (name of hiring manager),’ followed by an opening paragraph that mentions the role you are interested in and why.

How likely is it for my cover letter with no experience to be considered by the employer?

A professional-looking and well-written cover letter can help you to get noticed by an employer even if you have no experience. Most employers will understand that everyone has to start somewhere.

How long should my cover letter be?

Your cover letter needs to cover key information such as your name and contact details, relevant skills and why you are a good fit for the job role, but it should be short and without unnecessary information. Your cover letter should ideally be only a few hundred words long and fit onto a side of 8.27 by 11.7 inch piece of paper.

Where can I get more samples of cover letters with no experience?

You can search for ‘cover letter examples no experience’ online, including a ‘cover letter sample for students with no experience’ or ‘how to draft an internship cover letter with no experience’.

How do I end a cover letter with no experience?

Whether you have experience or not, you should write a short and professional cover letter. The final sentence should thank the person reading for their time and mention that you look forward to speaking to them further at the interview stage. End with a sign off such as ‘Yours Sincerely’ or ‘Kind Regards’ followed by your name.

Can I lie on my cover letter if I have no experience?

It is not a good idea to lie when you are applying for a job on your cover letter or resume .

Often, you will be found out and this can lead to your job offer being withdrawn. Instead of lying on your cover letter, consider applying for jobs that fit with your goals and skills.

How do I get hired with no experience?

To get hired with no experience, you should show that you are a willing and able worker. Send a well written and professional looking resume and cover letter that highlights your skills, experience and achievements. If you lack experience, don’t let this put you off, everyone has to start their career somewhere.

Should I apply for a job if I don’t meet all qualifications?

If you have seen a job that you really want but do not meet all of the qualifications, you should go for it.

Use your cover letter as an opportunity to persuade the hiring manager to take a chance on you. Showcase yourself as a potential asset to the company and mention how you are willing to work towards any further qualifications needed whilst on the job.

Writing a good cover letter is arguably even more important when you have no experience. Your cover letter is the first opportunity you have to showcase yourself in the best light and give the hiring manager the confidence to take a chance on you.

Use your cover letter to demonstrate your skills and aspirations and follow the steps above to help you to create a succinct, persuasive and successful cover letter.

Remember, at some point everyone had to take the first step in their career. Write your no experience cover letter with charisma and confidence and aim to persuade anyone who reads it that they would be missing out if they failed to secure you as an employee.

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While you may lack relevant experience it's rare for a person to not have any experience at all. All experience is transferrable in some way; you just need to figure out how the experience you possess can be used in the job you're applying for. Use your cover letter to highlight the knowledge and skills you do have, rather than focusing on the experience you don't.

First, talk about your degree, listing any relevant modules. Studying at university provides a wealth of transferrable skills so mention things you learned that will help you in the job.

Next, mention any part-time jobs you've had and the skills you've gained. While it may not always seem relevant to the job you're applying for, it will show employers that you have some knowledge of the working world.

You can also use your cover letter to mention any clubs and societies you are a part of or any hobbies you have. Explain what's involved and the skills you've learned and how you'd be able to use these in the role. This will show employers that there's more to you than just your qualifications.

Please be aware that this is an example. Use this cover letter template to help generate ideas and structure your own document but avoid copying and pasting. Your cover letter needs to be original and tailored to the job you're applying for.

Laura Markmann 114 Grove Way Anywhere LK2 4WP [email protected] 07575432432

Sharon Grenfell Regional HR manager Big Stores Ltd Big Stores House Hawthorn Way Greentown PX19 4KJ

5th May 2023

Dear Ms Grenfell

Re: Graduate management programme

I am writing to apply for your graduate scheme advertised on the website. I am enclosing my CV. As you will see, I spent time on placement at Big Stores Ltd.

I have just finished my degree in English and communication studies which included modules on business communication, marketing communication, communication theory and social media. This gave me an insight into the way language can be used effectively to different audiences to convey a particular message. I analysed this further in my final-year project on Persuasive Writing in Advertising.

As you can see from my CV, I had a weekend/holiday job in a local nursery and garden centre for more than two years. From this I gained skills and knowledge including:

  • customer service (including dealing with complaints)
  • business awareness
  • ability to work indoors or outside in all weathers
  • willingness to take on any task needed for the business.

Throughout school I played for various sports teams as well as local cricket and rugby clubs. I remain committed to these sports and now play for university teams. I feel this involvement has developed my:

  • commitment and reliability in turning up for training and matches
  • time management so I can play sport at a high level alongside my studies
  • resilience in working through the defeats and striving to improve
  • ability to work with others to achieve a common aim.

I'm also very interested in motor sport. As well as spectating, I contribute to a national motor sports blog. This demonstrates my written communication skills by contributing to a national forum to be read by all ages. I also liaise with blog moderators to agree content which helps to improve my verbal communication skills.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

(Sign your name here)

Laura Markmann

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How to Write a Cover Letter With No Experience (With Examples)

Hailey Hudson

A cover letter is an important part of your application for any job. But if you don't have any relevant experience--or any experience at all--what on earth are you supposed to say?

Regardless of your experience level or where you're at in your job hunt, there are ways you can strategically craft a cover letter to highlight the experience you do have instead of the experience you don't. And even if you're just beginning your job search, it's better to prepare your application materials sooner rather than later so you'll have them ready to go when you come across that perfect position.

Learn how to write a cover letter with no experience and compete with seasoned professionals for your next job.

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a document that you send with a resume or job application when you apply for a job, internship, or other professional opportunity. In this letter, you'll introduce yourself and provide additional information about your qualifications, skills, and experience. The cover letter is usually addressed to the hiring manager or employer. It serves as a way to communicate your interest in a specific job and explain why you're a good fit for the role. Each of the entry level cover letters you send should be personalized for that specific job posting.

A cover letter supplements your resume, providing more context for your application. It allows you to highlight specific achievements, experiences, or skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and to demonstrate your overall enthusiasm for the company and the position. A well-crafted cover letter can increase your chances of getting an interview and ultimately landing the job.

Should I write a cover letter if I have no experience?

Maybe this is your first career job, and you truly don't have any other experience--even entry level positions--to include. But even if you don't have any prior job experience, you should definitely still write a cover letter! A cover letter is an important way to highlight your qualifications and help you differentiate yourself from other applicants, while creating a personal connection with hiring managers.

And don't worry--even with less experience, there are ways to position yourself and your relevant skills that will show why you're still a great fit for any job posting. Keep in mind that depending on the position you're applying for, the hiring manager might not expect you to have direct experience in that area. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? The most important thing is for an entry-level, concise cover letter to demonstrate your potential, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn.

How to write a cover letter with no experience

Feeling stuck and unsure where to begin for the perfect cover letter? Teal can help. Use Teal's AI Resume Builder and its AI integration feature to generate cover letters using artificial intelligence. With this tool, you can upload your resume, generate a no experience cover letter using AI, and then make any personal edits needed before sending it off with your job application. This cover letter builder will help you get started with how to write a cover letter with no experience.

You can also use Teal's Job Application Tracker to save the jobs you're applying for. Use the Google Chrome extension to save jobs. Then organize them within Teal according to position details and your application status. This makes it easier to keep up with each entry level position you're interested in.

Ready to get started? Write the perfect cover letter with no experience using the following cover letter tips.

Do your research

Before you write your cover letter, read the job description closely. Look for soft skills or other details that you can mention in your letter to show that you line up perfectly with what they're looking for.

It's also a smart idea to research the company overall. What are the company's values and mission? What does their company culture seem to be like? Press releases, news articles, and industry reports might help provide insights into the company's recent developments, challenges, and opportunities.

Find something that you can keep in your back pocket to mention in your cover letter. You'll stand out as a best candidate if you can mention something personal about that specific company, demonstrating you're truly interested in them.

You can keep track of the research you conduct in Teal's Job Application Tracker . Tips and guidance are offered of where and how to conduct research. You can also log the research completed on any contacts you have made at the company.

Use a professional format

Your cover letter needs to use a professional format that looks visually clean and tidy. A cover letter template generally looks something like this:

  • Contact information
  • Introduction
  • Body paragraphs

By following this normal cover letter sequence, you'll end up with a concise, professional letter that includes everything the company needs to know.

Get personal

Add your personal contact details in the cover letter header (which is usually located in the top left corner of the document). You'll want to include:

  • Name (first and last)
  • Address (street address, city, state, ZIP code)
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Next, include a formal greeting to the hiring manager. This is typically written as "Dear _____." You should also call the hiring manager by name. Use their first and last name to avoid accidentally misgendering anyone or making a mistake on their marital status. For instance: "Dear Jane Doe."

If you aren't sure who is hiring for the position, or you can't find the hiring manager's name, it's okay to begin your letter with "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear ____ Department."

Start strong

Every great cover letter starts out by grabbing the reader's attention with a strong introduction. Your opening statement should introduce yourself and reference the specific job opening you’re applying for.

In your opening paragraph, provide a brief summary of who you are and why you're interested in the position. For example: "As a recent graduate from ABC University with a BA of Marketing, I'm eager to put my skills and education to work in a dynamic and challenging environment." You'll go more in depth about your professional experience (or your education and skills, if you don't have much experience) in the following paragraphs of the letter.

Demonstrate your skills

Even if you're applying for entry level jobs, you can impress the hiring manager by listing out the soft skills that set you apart from other job seekers. Cross-reference the job posting to make sure you're listing skills and achievements that are relevant to the job you're applying for. You should also make it clear that you're eager and willing to learn.

Teal's Job ApplicationTracker helps extract the top keywords so you can quickly customize your cover letter and let a company know exactly why you are applying for a specific position.

Prove why you’d be an asset to the company, and what you can contribute.

In addition to highlighting your transferable skills , talk about any relevant education. Maybe you have a college degree; you're currently in school; or you've completed an internship in the same industry. These might be helpful details to share to make up for any lack of professional experience.  

From start to finish, your cover letter should be 3-4 paragraphs long (less than one page, and not more than 400 words). 

Finish with a call to action

Wrap up your cover letter with a call to action. Ask the hiring manager if you can set up an informational interview (or a regular interview). This shows that you're truly interested in the job and you're ready to get started.

Be polite and flexible with your ask, showing your willingness to work around their schedule. This might sound like, "If you have any time free next week, I would love to set up an informational interview to get an opportunity to learn more about this role. Please let me know what works for your schedule."

Add a professional closing

End with a closing statement that's both professional and compelling, thanking the recipient for their time and reaffirming your interest in the position. Try one of these key takeaways:

  • Thank you for your time. I look forward to speaking with you further about the position.
  • I'm eager to learn and grow within a dynamic and collaborative team environment. Thank you for considering my application.
  • I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my qualifications further.

Finish the letter with "Sincerely" or "Thank you" and your name.

Proofread and save

Proofread your cover letter carefully to catch any grammar mistakes or any sentences that could be worded more impactfully. If you aren't a career writer, consider asking a family member or friend to look at the letter, too.

When you're finished, save the letter and submit it to the application as a PDF file.

Cover letter with no experience examples

These cover letter examples can help you get started as you write a no experience cover letter.

Sample cover letter for internship

Dear Mr. Jones, My name is Jane Doe, and I'm excited to apply for the social media marketing internship position at XYZ Company. As a current college student with a passion for digital marketing, I'm eager to learn more about social media strategy and how it can be used to drive business results. Throughout my time at ABC University, I've successfully completed courses in digital marketing and social media management, and have been actively involved in managing social media accounts for several student organizations. These experiences have helped me gain a strong understanding of social media best practices such as content creation, community management, and analytics. I'm impressed by XYZ Company's creative and engaging social media content, and eager to learn more. I believe that my strong writing and communication skills make me a strong fit for this internship. I'm confident that I can bring a fresh perspective and a strong work ethic to your team and make a meaningful contribution to your social media marketing efforts. I look forward to the possibility of discussing my qualifications further. Sincerely, Jane Doe

Entry level cover letter example for recent graduate

Dear Hiring Manager, My name is Jane Doe and I'm excited to apply for the entry-level marketing position at XYZ Company. As a recent graduate from ABC University with a BA of Marketing, I'm eager to put my skills and education to work in a dynamic and challenging environment. Last year, I completed a six-month social media marketing internship. I was responsible for creating and curating content for various social media channels, managing social media campaigns, and analyzing data to track the success of our efforts. Through this experience, I developed a strong understanding of social media strategy and best practices, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team. In addition to my internship experience, I have taken courses in marketing research, consumer behavior, and brand management, which have given me a solid foundation in marketing theory and practice. I am also highly skilled in using various marketing tools and software, including Google Analytics, Hootsuite, and Adobe Creative Suite. I am particularly drawn to XYZ Company's innovative and customer-focused approach to marketing. I'm eager to learn and grow within a dynamic and collaborative team environment. Thank you for considering my application, Sincerely, Jane Doe

Sample cover letter for career pivoter with no experience in the field

Dear Hiring Manager, My name is Jane Doe and I'm excited to apply for the product manager position at XYZ Company. As a highly motivated and results-driven individual with a passion for innovation and problem-solving, I believe I would be an excellent fit for this role. While my career experience has primarily been in digital marketing, I've always been drawn to the strategic and analytical aspects of product management. I'm confident that my skills and experience in marketing, combined with my strong communication and project management skills, make me a strong candidate for this position. As a digital marketing professional, I've had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that required cross-functional collaboration and coordination. Through these experiences, I have developed a strong understanding of project management principles, including scope definition, resource allocation, risk management, and stakeholder communication. I also completed college courses in product development, marketing research, and consumer behavior while getting my marketing degree. I'm particularly drawn to XYZ Company's innovative and customer-focused approach to product development, and I'm excited about the opportunity to work with a talented and collaborative team. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my qualifications further. Sincerely, Jane Doe

The best way to write a cover letter with no experience

You might not have much career experience. But you can still feel confident as you write a cover letter for your next job. Don't explicitly state that you do not have any experience. Just let the skills, education, or life experience you do have speak for yourself.

Teal's free AI Resume Builder includes AI integration features that can generate multiple versions of your cover letter, each one tailored to the specific job description.

You should also make sure your resume is optimized with your skills, latest experience, and work achievements! Your resume’s job is to get you in the door. Optimizing it will help you land interviews for the next opportunities that excite you. Teal's AI Resume Builder can also help you keep your Career History up to date and write metric-driven achievements using our Achievement Assistant tool.

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Sample Cover Letter With No Experience in Field (And How to Write Yours)

By Biron Clark

Published: October 25, 2023

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Biron Clark

Biron Clark

Writer & Career Coach

Writing an articulate cover letter is challenging for all job seekers. But if you have little or no work experience in a field, the stakes are higher. It’s more challenging to prove your value when you don’t have a series of professional accomplishments to back up your assertions. On the bright side, you probably have more to offer an employer than you realize. You just have to package your strengths the right way.

In this article, you’re going to learn how to write a cover letter for a job with no experience in that field. And we’ll look at a full sample after going through the steps.

Let’s get started…

How to Write a Cover Letter With No Experience

1. the main purpose of your cover letter with no experience.

The purpose of a cover letter is to complement your resume and convince more employers to interview you. You may refer to your resume when writing a cover letter for a job application, but you must expand upon points made in the resume when writing the cover letter.

The cover letter should breathe life into the points made in the resume, and create a compelling—or even emotional—narrative around your career hopes and aspirations . It’s your chance to tell your story and show that you have the passion and the drive to come into a job and make a difference.

And at the end, it should ASK for the interview. We’ll talk about that coming up. Let’s get started by going through how to write a cover letter with no experience, step-by-step…

2. Cover Letter Contact Information

When beginning a cover letter for a job application, start with your contact details in the top left-hand corner of the page. Include your name, city of residence, phone number, and email address. (To preserve your privacy, do not include your physical address). You should also include your LinkedIn URL. Next, write the name of the company you’re applying to, and its city of residence.

3. Your Salutation

Ideally, you address your reader by name in your salutation. Internet sleuthing may reveal the name of the hiring manager. If you can’t find a name, you have two options: call the organization and ask to learn more about the position, or write “Dear ” or “Dear Hiring Manager.”

This isn’t ideal, though. You should really only be sending a cover letter if you know the hiring manager’s name and have some specific information about the position. So if you know nothing specific about the hiring manager or job, and the company hasn’t asked for a cover letter specifically, then you probably don’t need to send it .

4. Cover Letter Introduction

Use this section of your cover letter to introduce yourself and share your enthusiasm and why you applied for the position .

Start with your name and provide some background on your strengths. Always identify the position you’re seeking and how you learned about it. If someone at the company told you about the job, then mention that person’s name (only after asking their permission, though). Aim for one to two sentences in your Introduction—keep it short, sweet, and precise.

Example Cover Letter Introduction with No Experience in the Field:

“Hello, my name is Grace Addington, and I’m a goal- and detail-oriented civil engineering graduate from Petaluma College. I was excited to learn about the Junior Engineer internship at Bay Area Rapid Transportation through my former classmate Katie Heinz.”

5. Body Paragraphs

Here comes the most critical part of writing a cover letter with no experience. The purpose of your body paragraphs (one to two brief paragraphs, tops) is to prove that you’re the best candidate for the position. Seeing as how you have little or no previous professional work experience to fall back on, you’ll want to place emphasis on soft skills —attributes of a personal nature that say a lot about your work ethic and ability to work in sync with others. Or, if you have job-related skills (AKA hard skills) from another type of role, point out how those skills will help you transition into this next job and succeed quickly.

That’s what hiring managers are looking for! So while it’s great to write about soft skills and put together a cover letter talking about how you’re willing to learn their job… it’s much better to point out any hands-on experience that you have. So if you’re able, always highlight that first and foremost.

For example, if you had an internship, worked in an unrelated field, did a few academic projects while studying, gave a presentation, etc., those are still valuable pieces to put on your resume AND in your cover letter.

Your resume likely already consists of part-time jobs or school activities or memberships in school associations that maybe aren’t 100% related to the job you’re going after.

Look closer, though—you’ve probably garnered skills in these experiences that can carry over to the job you’re applying for. Below are two examples of cover letter body paragraphs that hone in on two key phrases noted in a job advertisement as requirements: “strong interpersonal skills” and “positive work ethic.” You should be able to figure out pretty quickly which example hits the mark.

Let’s look at two sample paragraphs now from cover letters with no experience in a field:

“I am Twig & Twine’s ideal office manager. As my resume states, I served as an RA at my dorm. I know how to manage an array of things.”
“You’re looking for a candidate with strong interpersonal skills and a positive work ethic. While serving as an RA at Porter College’s main dormitory, I planned monthly social events for over 200 students, settled two to five student disputes per week, and mentored a select group of students in Composition. The experience taught me, rather quickly, how to efficiently multi-task, and how to effectively settle conflicts of all types in a calm, level-headed manner. I feel confident stating that I can bring these talents to Twig & Twine’s office manager position.”

The second example takes the duties that likely appeared in the RA position on the resume and then digs deep, illustrating how the tackling of those duties turned into accomplishments, and led the applicant to grow the crucial skills needed for the office manager position.

One last thing about body paragraphs—remember to frame your message around the employer’s needs, and not yours. Focus on what you can bring to the job, and how your talents will translate into success for the company. That’s important in any cover letter, and becomes even more crucial in a cover letter with no previous work experience.

6. Concluding Your Cover Letter

End your cover letter by reiterating why you’re the best candidate and express your interest once again in the position. And ask them for the interview! It’s surprising but most job seekers don’t do this, and it’s been shown to improve your chances of getting a call to come in for an interview!

So conclude your cover letter by thanking the reader for the time they took to review your application, and tell them you’d like to find a time to meet for an interview to see if it might be a good fit to work together. To close, sign off formally. Try “Respectfully yours” or “Sincerely.”

7. Proofread Everything

Before sending out your new cover letter, read it out loud to catch errors quickly. Ask a trustworthy person to read it as well. Nothing stops you from getting interviews faster than an obvious typo or error in your cover letter or resume, and you only have to check once, but make sure you’re checking it thoroughly!

8. Save it as a PDF

Once the content is finalized, save it as a PDF and title it “ Cover Letter” to prevent confusion. Voila! You’re done. If you follow the tips above, you’ll have a great cover letter with no experience so you can get interviews and job offers in this new field!

Sample Cover Letter With No Experience in Field:

Next, let’s look at a full sample of a cover letter that explains why you’d fit well in a role ( and why you chose to apply for this type of role ):

Dear Name, I’m writing to you regarding the Sales Associate job posting, which I believe reports to you. I can offer 5+ years of experience working directly with customers over the phone and in person, primarily in customer support. Although I haven’t worked directly in sales, my customer support experience has helped me build skills in communication , persuasion, and problem-solving, which I believe will translate well into selling software subscriptions for your firm. I’m motivated to transition into sales to continue challenging myself and growing in my career, and I’ve always enjoyed a challenge, which I think working in sales will provide me. I’ve attached my resume for your review. If any of the above sounds interesting, I’d welcome the chance to talk on the phone this week. Thanks for considering my note today. Best regards, Your Name

This cover letter is upfront and clear that you have no experience in the field of sales, but shows that you’re willing to learn and excited to learn this new job. That’s essential!

You don’t JUST want to say you’re willing to learn, though. You want to PROVE that you’ll be able to learn. That’s why this letter also mentions the experience you have that is most similar. In the case of the example above, it’s the customer service experience and communication skills.

While this person may not have sold anything to customers, they still interacted with customers directly, which will be seen as a plus.

One other thing you should always point out if possible: Experience working in the same industry. So if you’ve never done sales, but you did customer support in the exact same industry as the employer, that’s a huge plus… because it means you’ll have less learning needed on the job!

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Thanks for this! Really helpful for me as a new graduate and non native English speaker. I’ve started using the steps here and am planning on sending a lot of applications this week to see how it works.

Thank you for the examples. I hav ea little bit of experience so I’m not writing the cover letter with absolutely no work experience but this still is helpful and seems to work for me.

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