Cover Letters For Employment Specialists

This father is re-entering the workforce after 14 years of full-time parenting. He wrote about volunteer and temporary jobs that support his job objective, which is a career change from his pre-parenting days. Because he presented his current volunteer work as a job title, it is not immediately apparent that he is unemployed. He was discreet about his age by not listing dates in the Education section.

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Sample Resume for an Employment Specialist

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123 Lemmon St.
St. Province, NM 12345
[email protected]

OBJECTIVE: Position as Employment Specialist


** Many years of experience working in nonprofits, most recently with the unemployed and homeless.

** Very strong interpersonal and communication skills; work equally well one-on-one or in team settings.

** Solid business and fiscal background; successful in writing grants and researching funding sources.

** Skilled researcher and administrator; hold MA Degree in Economics and an MBA Degree.


Parents' Work Services (PWS), Job Training Corp., St. Province, NM, 2004 to Present

** Instrumental in the opening of a new location for the PWS program at "reclaimed" U.S. Army facility. Since move in September 2004, client numbers have tripled and continue to grow. Currently there are 600 individual client files with 200 active at any one time.

** Work closely and cooperatively with Coordinator of Job Readiness Program to establish objectives. Implement plans, assess results, and report on outcomes. Continually research trends and new methods for possible inclusion in programs.

** Oversee daily activities of trainers, counselors, outreach workers, and job developers.

** Set up, organize, and continue to coordinate delivery of daily adjunct support services such as free lunches, transportation, and childcare for clients at new location.

** Work with clients, many who are homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals with families. Help them overcome psychological barriers and regain confidence by working one on one to set realistic job and career goals, obtain necessary education, write resumes, and search for employment.

** Coordinate agency's micro-enterprise training program, which helps clients begin businesses and obtain small business loans.

** Created a new, successful facet of micro-enterprise program, which is a "club" that meets bi-weekly. This venue offers clients a casual social setting that's conducive to learning, positive interaction, and support. Also, personally research topics, set agendas, and run meetings.

** Write reports for sponsoring agencies, record financial data, and enter/update client information, using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel.

Financial Data Temps, Santa Fe, NM, 2002 to 2004

** Acquired experience with many types of organizations and their internal functions. Worked for property management, advertising, and dot-com companies, plus a variety of nonprofits including a foster-care agency, a civic association, and a drug and alcohol rehab facility.

** Prepared financial statements, recorded and monitored accounts receivables and accounts payables, prepared employee payrolls and related tax forms, and reconciled bank statements.

** Used QuickBooks Pro, Excel, and variety of custom programs and databases (e.g., Oracle and PeopleSoft).

Nonprofit Organizations in the Santa Fe Area, NM, 1982 to 2002

** As Fiscal Officer of American Indian Family Center, an agency serving Native American women recovering from substance abuse, handled bookkeeping, payroll, and financial reporting.

** As Program Coordinator for Christian Social Services/Christian Charities of Santa Fe, analyzed local housing market for rent control advocacy. Raised initial grant funding for the Independent Housing Commission and the Indochinese Housing Franchise. Staffed the strategic planning group.

** As Parish Secretary for St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, performed customer service duties.

** As Grant Writer and Organizational Consultant for Catholic Charities of Santa Fe, wrote business plan and grants that raised $124,000 for farm project for Laotian refugees.

** As Administrator and Grant Writer for Santa Fe College of Music, worked with the Board of Directors to revise policies and improve fiscal reporting procedures. Wrote proposals for over $20,000 in grants.

** As Project Director of the Public Pension Project, generated $45,000 in grants. Revamped process for monitoring investment performance of the Santa Fe Employee Retirement Fund.

Sage National Bank, Santa Fe, NM, 1992 to 1999

** Ensured compliance with Community Reinvestment Act.

** Monitored and analyzed local economic conditions in the county. Provided relevant and timely information to bank's management.

** Contact person on local economy for the press and business associations.


MBA, The Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

MA in Economics, School for Social Renewal, New Haven, CT

Additional Graduate Studies:
Theology and Christian Ethics, School of Religion, New Haven, CT
Courses in Education, Santa Fe University, Santa Fe, NM

BA in International Relations, University of Arizona, Tempe, AZ

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Landing a job is a challenge for many professionals. Landing a job without any experience can be an even bigger challenge.

As a job seeker without any experience, it’s discouraging when you’ve applied for dozens (or hundreds) of jobs and received zero responses from employers. Although you might feel like giving up on your job search, it’s important to persevere and continue writing cover letters that will make you stand out to employers.

Here are some tips for writing a cover letter when you have little or no experience:

First Paragraph: Clearly introduce yourself.

The first paragraph is your opportunity to make a strong first impression on the employer. This section should explain who you are, the position you’re interested in, and how you discovered the opportunity.

[Related: Employers, learn how to get strategic to attract the right applicants by being specific about these 11 things.]

The introduction is also a great opportunity to mention and connections you have with the organization. For example, if you know a previous intern or alumni who worked for the organization, be sure to mention his or her name in your introduction.

For example:

My name is Sarah and I’m a recent graduate from Purdue University. I graduated in December with a B.A. in communications and a minor in marketing. An alumni forwarded me a job posting about your Associate Marketer position at ABC Media Group. I’m highly interested in this opportunity because I’d make a great fit for your agency.”

Second Paragraph: Talk about your relevant skills and accomplishments.

This section is the biggest challenge for job seekers with little or no experience. It’s also the section where many job seekers make mistakes because they don’t know how to highlight their relevant skills and classroom experience.

As you explain why you’re qualified for the position, it’s important to connect the dots with the employer. For instance, if you didn’t have a marketing internship but you’ve gained a lot of marketing experience through a part-time job in student services, you could highlight the communications skills and experience you gained through that position.

For example:

“I realize you’re looking for a candidate with strong written and oral communications skills, as well as experience with event planning and strategy development. As an office assistant in Purdue’s Office of Student Life, I was responsible for planning and promoting campus movie nights for students. This project required me to promote the event on social media, send email blasts to students, and design flyers to post around campus.”

Third Paragraph: Highlight your best qualities and explain why you’re a good fit.

Most employers want to hire candidates who are creative, team players, and have strong time management skills. Although you consider yourself a great fit for the position, you need to use examples that illustrate why you’re a good fit for the job. The reality is, simply stating that you have excellent time management skills and a knack for leadership won’t land you a job.

When talking about your qualities, it’s important to talk about real-life examples. The key point to remember here is to make sure your examples are succinct and visual.

For example:

“During my final semester at Purdue, I led a group of three students to create a marketing campaign for an animal shelter in Indianapolis. I was responsible for leading brainstorming sessions, communicating with our client, and editing the final version of the campaign. Through this project, I learned how to collaborate with others and work effectively in a team in order to accomplish a common goal.”

Fourth Paragraph: Conclude with a call to action.

The final paragraph is the section that will seal the deal for a job interview. You want to leave a lasting impression on the reader, so make sure your conclusion is confident, upbeat, and encourages the hiring manager to get in touch with you.

For example:

“With the combination of my marketing experience and leadership skills, I’m confident I’d make a great fit your this position. Thank you for taking the time to review my application and consider me as a candidate. I will follow up next Wednesday to schedule a time to talk with you more about this position. I look forward to hearing from you soon!”

After you’ve proofread the cover letter and are confident it’s error-free, you’re ready to send it to the hiring manager. Make sure you’ve included a header at the top of the document including your contact information and a shortened URL for your LinkedIn account. Once the document is ready, save it as a PDF and attach to an email for the hiring manager. This will ensure the formatting of your cover letter doesn’t change once it’s downloaded by the recipient.

Just because you don’t have experience doesn’t mean you can’t write a stellar cover letter. By following these tips, you’ll write a cover letter that gets you noticed by employers and land your first entry-level job.

What are your best tips for writing a cover letter without experience?

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