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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by Michael Cheary
Struggling to find your perfect part-time position?
Chances are, it could come down to your cover letter. Especially if you’re guilty of sending the same one every time (or worse, not even sending one at all).
Think of it this way: a cover letter is often the first thing a hiring manager looks at, meaning it can be crucial in forming a positive first impression. So spending a few more minutes perfecting this oft-forgotten area of your application can really pay dividends when it comes to your career.
We’ve already covered how to perfect your part-time CV, but to help maximise your chances to impress, here’s our cover letter template specifically tailored for part-time positions:
Download Part-Time Cover Letter Template
Opening the letter
Aside from the standard letter writing basics (address, hiring manager’s name if you have it), the opening paragraph should be short and to the point.
Explain what job it is you’re applying for, and where you found the vacancy. One or two sentences, maximum.
I wish to apply for the role of Part-Time EA, currently being advertised on reed.co.uk. Please find enclosed my CV for your consideration.
Second paragraph – Why are you suitable for the job?
Now the formalities are out of the way, it’s time to focus on your sales pitch.
Briefly outline any academic qualifications or experience you have which make you a perfect fit for the role. If you’re lacking experience, select soft skills which might help you get the role.
Hint: the ones you should include will always be found in the job description.
As you can see from my attached CV, I have over six years’ experience in office administration, and I believe the knowledge and skills built up during this time make me the perfect candidate for the role.
Third paragraph – Focus on the part-time requirements
You might choose your cover letter to briefly explain the reason you’re looking for part-time work.
It could be that you’re still studying, and looking for something flexible to fit around your schedule. Or you’re raising a family and can’t dedicate yourself to a role full-time.
However, whatever the reason you choose to include, always take the opportunity to mention your versatility when it comes to working hours. It might help alleviate any fears an employer may have around your availability, not to mention open up the potential at securing a full-time role – if that’s something you’re interested in.
Just remember that you’re under no obligation to explain yourself, if it’s something you’re not quite comfortable with. You won’t necessarily lose marks for being vague.
I’m currently studying for my EA Diploma, and looking for a position which will enable me to dedicate more time to my course whilst I build my skills. However, I am extremely flexible, and happy to take on more work outside my contracted hours, wherever possible.
Fourth/Fifth paragraph – What can you do for the company?
Use actual, quantifiable examples to emphasise what you can do for the company.
These might be performance based, and could include examples from previous positions, your current job, or even from your academic career.
Always make sure you choose tangible examples that are specifically tailored to the role. Backing up your claims, such as ‘Increased revenue by x%’, will be far more desirable to a recruiter than simply stating you ‘Increased revenue’.
Other examples include ‘Improved productivity by X%, ‘an increase in students grades by x’ and ‘achieved a first class distinction grade in my dissertation on x’.
In my previous role as a full-time Office Administrator at Company Ltd, I was responsible for the reorganisation and recategorisation of the office filing system, as well as implementing a change in stationery supplier – which reduced costs in this area by over 20%.
Additionally, part of my role involved diary management for the company’s Managing Director, as well as typing up correspondence and meeting minutes, where appropriate.
Final paragraph – Reiterate
Finish off by reiterating your interest in the role, and why you’re the right person for a position.
Extra points will be given to any nod you can give when it comes to your research.
I am confident that this experience, coupled with the modules I’m currently undertaking as part of my Diploma (including budgeting, business document production and event management), will have an immediate impact on the business and allow me to help Company Ltd build upon their reputation as the biggest supplier of paper and packaging solutions in the UK.
Closing the letter
Finally, sign off your cover letter by thanking the recruiter for their time. It is also a good opportunity to indicate you’d like to meet with the employer for an interview.
Use ‘Yours Sincerely’ (if you know the name of the hiring manager)/’Yours Faithfully’ (if you do not), and your name.
Also, use this opportunity to include your contact details – just in case your cover letter ends up getting separated from the rest of your CV
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further.
[Your contact details]
Remember: This template is intended to be a guideline. Don’t be tempted to use it as a ready-made cover letter.
Without the proper research into the company, and without tailoring it to the role, it will lack the impact that could make all the difference when it comes to securing your perfect part-time position.
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