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How to Start a Cover Letter for Teens

Last updated July 16, 2021

How to Start a Cover Letter

Having a great cover letter is an essential part of the job application process, and it’s important to know how to write one. Your cover letter is your introduction to an employer, and should show your interest in the position and highlight your skills that make you the perfect candidate for the job. 

A pro-tip is to always send a cover letter with your resume whenever applying to a job, even if the application doesn’t require one. Your cover letter should never exceed one page. It’s also important to note that you will have to write a different cover letter for each job you’re applying for - a cover letter for a Barista job most likely won’t highlight the same skills that one for a Sales Associate would.

Like the structure of an essay, cover letters typically have three parts: (1) an introduction, (2) a body paragraph or two, and (3) a closing. Use these three sections as a cover letter template to start your cover letter:

how to start a cover letter for teens

1. Introduction:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Identify the position you are applying for.
  • Indicate how/where you learned about the position.

Introduction Example:

My name is Ashley Applicant and I am writing to apply for the position of Retail Assistant Manager, as advertised on the High Fashion Forward website. As a trained Retail Associate who is fulfilled by providing exceptional customer service and creating first-rate shopping experiences for every client, I am confident I would be a valuable asset to your retail staff.

2. Body:

  • Connect your qualifications to the needs of the job.
  • Use examples of skills or achievements from your resume that make you a strong candidate.
  • Use words from the job description throughout your cover letter. If an employer is looking to hire someone with “strong communication skills,” write that you have “strong communication skills” and give specific examples to show how communication is your strength. 

Body Example:

Since my graduation from Rainier Beach High School in June of 2017, I have been working full-time as a retail associate at The Secret Boutique in Seattle, WA. In this role, I have gained invaluable customer service training and experience handling day-to-day operations including but not limited to money management, staff scheduling, inventory regulation, and product marketing.

Two of my greatest strengths are problem-solving and exceeding team goals. Last year, our leadership team wanted to increase store revenue by three percent, but I was able to bring in an additional six percent by creating a new social media promotion that drove over 10,000 new sales.

3. Closing:

  • Express your interest in connecting with the potential employer in regards to the job.
  • Include a way for the potential employer to view any examples of your work (website, portfolio, etc.).
  • Leave available methods for contacting you.
  • Sign your cover letter (since you’ll likely be doing it on a computer, typing out your name is okay).

Closing Example:

Enclosed you’ll find a copy of my resume for your review. In addition to my resume and cover letter, I invite you to check out my LinkedIn profile. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected] or via phone at 555-555-5555. I look forward to connecting with you soon. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,

Ashley Applicant

[email protected] 

(555)-555-5555

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