Sample Cover Letter
000 Lerner Hall
New York, New York 10027
March 3, 2010
Ms. Jane Smythe
555 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Dear Ms. Smythe:
I am writing to express my interest in the Editorial Assistant position that you posted through Columbia
University’s Center for Career Education. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in English in May 2010. My
academic background and recent work experience have prepared me well for this position at XYZ Publishing. I
was particularly excited to read about the job opening at XYZ as I am keenly interested in academic publishing.
Through my education and practical training, I have gained extensive writing and editing experience. As an intern at
Random House, I fact-checked manuscripts, proofread galleys, and worked closely with editors. For the past year, I
have been the News Editor of the Columbia Spectator student newspaper after serving as Food Critic during the
previous year. In these roles, I wrote numerous original articles and edited the writing of my staff. In addition,
publishing a daily paper taught me how to work as part of a team to reach a common goal under deadline
Working as an Editorial Assistant will allow me to apply the literary knowledge and communication skills I
developed through my college coursework. As an English major I read a broad range of literature and have written
creative, critical, and theoretical papers on a wide variety of topics. I believe that the writing, research, and
editorial skills I gained through my education in the classroom and on the job will enable me to make a strong
contribution to XYZ Publishing.
The chance to contribute to XYZ Publishing, an academic publishing house whose texts I used in many of my
recent courses, is very exciting to me. I know that XYZ Publishing has recently experienced a period of
tremendous growth, and I look forward to working for such a dynamic company. If you have any questions, please
contact me at (212) 853-0000 or LA11@columbia.edu. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward
to hearing from you.
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