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New & Recent Graduate Cover Letter Samples & Proper Format

New & Recent Graduate Cover Letter Samples & Proper Format

You’ve just graduated. Time to find your first full-blown job. But how will you outperform all other candidates? Write a perfect cover letter for a recent grad. Here’s how.

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In 5 minutes, you’ll know how to write the best recent graduate cover letter out there.


But shall we play a round of Cards Against Humanity first?


Research shows new grads find it difficult to land their first jobs due to ______.


  1. Increased competition.
  2. Lack of sufficient networking possibilities.
  3. Crippling debt.
  4. A jar full of human teeth and mayonnaise.
  5. Career service departments not connecting with students.


Yeah, that would be a tough pick.


Seriously, though, looking for jobs as a recent grad is daunting. But for you, it doesn’t have to be.


Let me hand you your weapon X: a perfect cover letter for a recent graduate.


This guide will show you samples of recent graduate cover letters, plus the best tips on how to write a new grad cover letter that stands out like a lighthouse in a sea of boring.


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Michael Tomaszewski, CPRW
Michael is a career writer, Certified Professional Resume Writer, and the newsletter coordinator at Zety. Apart from sharing his own resume-writing expertise, Michael reaches out to recruitment and hiring gurus to help you learn the most effective strategies for managing your career.

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