Professional Entry Level Cover Letter

If you are looking for a position in the field of sales, read and live by these cover letter samples featuring some of the most basic elements that recruiters look for in a sales cover letter. Customise them accordingly to fit your specific needs and qualifications.

Cover Letter Sample 1 (Entry Level, Print Copy)

This cover letter sample shows the proper format if you submit your cover letter in print form. In this case, the letter should be formatted as a formal business letter which includes a letterhead, date, inside address, salutation and complimentary close.

3 November 2015

Ms Ann Chan

Personnel Manager

XYZ Corporation
2/F Tall Building
1, Main Road
Hong Kong

Dear Ms Chan,

Please accept my resume as an application for the open position of Sales Associate in your company. As a fresh graduate of Business Administration, the position appears to fit wonderfully with my education, experience, and career interests.

Being a student of Far Eastern University, not only did I maintain excellent grades, but I was also a member of our school’s highly competitive and successful collegiate football team.

My background as a student and an athlete has taught me to be an efficient manager of my time which, I am confident, is one of the important qualities needed by any professional in the sales industry. My experience with working in a team environment has also instilled in me the value of teamwork and cooperation. As a member of the team, I had to listen, learn how to motivate myself and others and understand the differences that exist among the members of the team. Through my achievements as a student and an athlete, I have proven that I am passionate about the things I do as well as dedicated.

And while this would be my first time working in the field of sales, I am quite confident that with my skills and abilities, I can learn quickly and make an immediate impact to your team and to the company.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Signature

Peter Lee

 

Writing Tip: If you are a fresh graduate, or if you lack experience in the field that you are applying for, it is best to point up the experience and qualities that make you suitable for the job. In this cover letter sample, the candidate showcases his skills by telling his experience and achievements as a student and an athlete. Although he is new to the field of sales, he could impress the hiring manager with his optimistic tone and by indicating that he is a quick learner. 

 

Cover Letter Sample 2 (Experienced, Email Copy)

This cover letter shows the proper format if you submit your cover letter through email. Unlike a formal business letter, a cover email only requires a salutation at the beginning and an email signature at the bottom that includes your name, address and contact information.

Email Subject: Peter Lee, Medical Sales Representative Position

Dear Ms Chan,

I am writing in regards to the open sales position on your awesome team. With an excellent background in marketing and sales and over three years of experience in delivering high-quality sales solution, I am confident that I am a good candidate for the advertised post.

I started my career as a marketing associate in Corporate Holdings Management Inc., a leading real estate company in the country. My desire to transition to the sales industry led me to join Medical and Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc., a locally-owned pharmaceutical company, with whom I have now been associated with for the last two years.

During my tenure as a Medical Sales Representative, I was able to contribute to the strength of my sales team while forging stronger relationships with our clients. I also supervised the launch of several new products in the domestic market. I also won the coveted Sales Representative of the Month four times due to my contribution to the overall sales of my product division.

I am a committed individual who is highly organised and efficient. My colleagues as well as my clients will tell you I am friendly yet professional; a people person with superior follow-through; and excellent at building rapport and fostering mutually beneficial relationships.

In keeping with the skills and abilities required for the position, I can offer you:

● strong interpersonal skills with exceptional convincing power
● ability to sell products and services to clients while dealing competitive issues
● excellent phone and computer skills
● ability to maintain pleasant personality even in a high-stress environment
● exceptional time management and organisational skills
● proven ability to multi-task and think in an anticipatory way to be one step ahead of the process

With my work experience, skills and substantial accomplishments in the field of sales, all of which are discussed in detail in my enclosed resume, I respectfully ask for an opportunity to discuss my candidacy with you further in person.

Sincerely,

Peter Lee
1/F Team Building
2 Smooth Road
Hong Kong
Mobile: +852 XXXX XXXX

 

Writing Tip: Beside having the cover letter properly formatted, it is essential for you to clearly communicate your key accomplishments and skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for. The best way to do so is to use bullet points to outline or summarise your skill set, or to convey the value of your accomplishments in numerical form (e.g. percentages). 

 

NOTE: These application letter samples are for reference only. All information provided should be considered as fictional.

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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.

Dear Sir/Madam:
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.
Sincerely,
Andrew ____
Enclosures: Resume and References.

My Take on Andrew's Rather Formal Cover Letter

Hello Andrew,
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.

Dear Manager:
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.

Sincerely,
Andrew ____
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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