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High School Graduate Cover Letter Samples

You're a student or new graduate who's looking for a job. In addition to putting together a resume, you'll need to write a good cover letter to help convince a recruiter or hiring manager to open and read your resume. To give you some ideas for what to say and how to say it, here are some cover letter examples by other students and new grads.

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Cover Letter Examples for Students and Recent Grads

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Cover Letter to High School Counselor Internship
Here's a cover letter sample written by Anne, a college student who is applying for a school counselor internship to fulfill one of the requirements for her Master's degree program. It is her hope that this internship will lead to a full-time position somewhere in the school district after she graduates.

Cover Letter for a Dental Student
Linda is a first-year dental student who is looking for a job as a dental hygienist at a dental clinic. Her cover letter is brief and to the point since the basics of her dental schooling are well known to the Human Resources Director who will be reading her resume and cover letter.

Cover Letter for After-School Computer Consultant
Here's a cover letter written by a high school student named Scott. He's a computer whiz looking for part-time work. His mother's friend, Cynthia, told him about a woman who needs ongoing help with her home office computer. So Scott put together a short resume and wrote this friendly cover letter to introduce himself.

Cover Letter for Junior Sales Associate
Here's a very short cover letter that wins your heart. Why? Because this student has a child-like approach to getting a job: He loves skating and he wants a job selling skates. Andrew's resume does all the heavy lifting, with details about his after-school jobs and his skating achievements.

Cover Letter for an Entry-Level Job
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.

Cover Letter Example for a Human Resources Job
There are many things I like about this cover letter example for a Human Resources job. I also have some thoughts about how to make it better. Take a look at the letter that Liz wrote, then see my version, which has a few changes.

Cover Letter for a Summer Job in Packaging
This cover letter example is for a college student, Sandra. She's looking for a summer job in the packaging department of the well known Morton Salt company. Because she doesn't have a contact at Morton Salt, she sent her resume and cover letter to the Director of Human Resources Department.

Cover Letter for Summer Job
Yes, this cover letter is short, but it contains a lot of information — all the info an employer requires to want to interview this college student for a summer job.

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High School Grad/Veterinary Assistant resume template

Amy Anderson
Sometown, AZ 85701 ˜| 555-555-5555 ˜| ˜| LinkedIn URL


Veterinary assistant whose qualifications include a high school diploma (earned with honors) and a passion for the health, well-being and safety of animals. Developed animal care skills through:

  • Dedicated service as an SPCA animal shelter volunteer;
  • Active member and officer in 4-H;
  • Experience as a horse owner and competitive barrel racer; and
  • Experience as a household pet owner (dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, macaw).


Sometown high school — Sometown, AZ

Diploma, 2016 (GPA: 3.8)

Honors: National Honor Society ˜ Sanford A. Greeley Scholarship



Animal Ambassador II, 1/16 to Present

Animal Ambassador I, 10/14 to 12/15

  • Advanced to level II animal ambassador at Sometown SPCA Animal Shelter after completing intensiveAnimal Handling training program.
  • Demonstrated dedication to the SPCA by volunteering for an average of 16 hours monthly. Assist in training, socializing and feeding animals awaiting adoption as well as handling basic shelter upkeep tasks.
  • Qualified for Veterinary Medical Assistanttraining program, set to begin this spring.

Activities & Awards

  • Member / Vice President ˜4-H (Sometown Chapter), 2015 to Present
  • County Winner (Second Place) ˜4-H Public Speaking Contest, 2016
  • State 4-H Finalist ˜Level I Equestrian (Western), 2015
  • Top 3 Finalist ˜Multiple youth-division barrel races, 2013 to 2016


“…Amy has been a dedicated SPCA volunteer…her love of animals is evident in the caring treatment she has consistently provided. She has a gentle, calming manner that animals respond to…”

¾ Marcy Elias, Director, Sometown SPCA Shelter

“…Amy is a hard worker and a fast learner…I seldom have to show her something more than once before she has mastered it…She interacts very well with shelter staff, fellow volunteers and the general public…I have no doubt that Amy will make a fine veterinary assistant…she has my highest recommendation.”

¾ Bill Short, Vet Assistant, Sometown SPCA Shelter