If you're writing a cover letter to accompany a graduate application, Mc Lean says you can use the second paragraph to talk about what you've studied and how it's relevant.
If you've studied finance and know how to do a DCF, now's the time to mention that.
" - Cover letters for sales positions highlight the candidate's track record that evident their ability as a natural salesperson." If you're an experienced hire applying through a recruiter or applying directly to a bank, this is where you explain you'll need to know about the job and the sector before you start this section. The fourth paragraph is all about explaining why you want to work for that particular bank. Mc Lean says graduates often copy and paste from banks' own websites.
As a student, you'll need to link your skills back to your motivation for working in that area of banking above others, says Mc Lean. For example, it's not unheard of for them to write, "I want to work for Goldman Sachs because you have 170 locations across 90 cities in over 30 countries." This will get you nowhere.
"The first paragraph is just to say who you are and why you're writing the letter," says Mc Lean. "I am an X with X year history of X at global banking firms including X as well as X.
I have been working for X for the past X years." If you're writing a Goldman Sachs cover letter that's 300 words or less, you can ditch this style of opening paragraph. If you're writing to a recruiter, there's less need to be quite so brief with your introduction. "The same applies if they say they've learned that I mentor women and that this is something they're interested in too." In other words, when you're writing a cover letter to a recruiter, you need to know who you're writing to. This is where you need to start selling yourself, expressing your personality, and explaining why you're such a hot catch.
Citigroup, for example, suggests that student cover letters reference encounters with the bank's staff at recruitment events.
- Make a note of the staff you meet and explain what they said or did that impressed you, and what made you think you'd like to work with them.
It does mean that each time you apply for a new job, you will need to fill in the template all over again.
Mc Lean suggests your template follows the following format:"It's a matter of personal preference," she says.