An example of a covering letter from an international student
Mr. Ross Green
Flat 3, 104 Daisy Bank Road
Graduate Recruitment Manager
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you saw the job
Graduate Tax Training Scheme
23 July, 2011
Dear Mr. Green,
I am writing to apply for your Graduate Tax Training Scheme advertised in the Real Prospects Directory and
enclose my CV for your consideration.
I first became interested in tax work through an Insight into Accountancy day attended in June last year. I feel
that tax work would be an ideal way to combine my skills and interests in business, problem solving and
working with people, and this interest has been confirmed speaking to a number of tax trainees at a Graduate
Recruitment Fair in November 2010. I am particularly attracted to the opportunity to work closely with
individuals to maximise opportunities for their businesses.
you are interested
Greenlands attracts me because of the range of opportunities provided within your
in that company
training scheme, as shown by your Investors in People award. At this stage, my main
is a real asset in a
long-term interest is in corporate taxation and I believe a thorough grounding in different
aspects of the complex area of taxation can only be beneficial. Your emphasis on client
satisfaction is particularly appealing.
I am a highly numerate and IT literate student with a strong emphasis on team-working. Supporting a range of
financial and administrative projects with Freshlands in China enabled me to develop my project management
skills, and my experiences in customer service roles have really helped me to understand and interpret the needs
of clients. At Freshlands, I needed to pick up a large amount of business and technical information in a short
time in order to work as an effective member of the team and to provide clients with the quality of information
and service that they expected.
As my pre-University education was in China, I am unable to translate my qualifications into equivalent UCAS
points. However, entry grades onto my degree studies were BBB and the university were happy to accept me
onto the programme. My examination results were strong with an overall result of A*. On average, this grade is
awarded to only the top 5% of students each year. Although I do not currently have permission to work in the UK
after graduation, I believe that it is possible for an employer to sponsor an application under the Business &
Commercial work permit scheme for me. More information for recruiters can be found on
Alternatively, the international student adviser at my university is happy to answer any
initial questions that you may have about work permits.
I hope that, on consideration of my CV, you will be persuaded of my potential to perform well on this training
scheme and to make a real contribution as a member of your firm. I can be available for interview at any time
and look forward to hearing from you.
Ming Su (Lily)