Round out your job application with a professional cover letter. We have plenty of info about cover letters and how to write your own, but if you are specifically looking to get into Graphic Design as a high schooler with little to no experience, you’ve come to the right place.
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- High School Student Cover Letter Sample & Resume (Image)
- High School Student Cover Letter Sample (Text Format)
- 5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
High School Student Cover Letter & Resume (Image)
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High School Student Cover Letter (Text Format)
142 Facebook Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA, 94301 United States
March 21, 2017
Hiring Manager’s Name
341 Company Address
Santa Monica, CA, 94301
Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],
My name is Eleanor Guthrie, and I am a senior at Santa Monica High School interested in becoming a skilled professional in graphic design. I saw [Target Company’s] internship opening on Behance and think I would be the most qualified and driven high school student for the High School Summer Internship position.
As an eager student and graphic designer, I have supervised Yearbook Club design campaigns and formatted page layouts for the Santa Monica School Paper while managing AP Art, Intro to Graphic Design, and Computer Applications coursework with a 3.6 GPA. I am also a member of the National Honors Society and the National Art Education System. To further assure you of my qualifications, I have included 3 accomplishments from my resume:
- Created a Yearbook logo designed to incorporate school mascot and colors; opted to use coated paper in 2016, which improved photo quality and increased profits by 5%.
- Procured advertising for school paper, saving organization 25% in costs.
- Edited and curated photos used for school paper; increasing readership by 15%.
I admire [Target Company’s] acceptance of and willingness to promote avant-garde artists and their diverse styles in their major ad campaigns. This has inspired me to pursue graphic design as a career and taught me to believe in my creative ideas, no matter how strange or daring they may seem.
I am thrilled at the opportunity of learning under [Target Company’s] graphic design team and would like to schedule an interview as soon as possible. Please contact me at [Phone] or via email at [Email] should you select my application. Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.
5 Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
1. Show Them Who You Are: Obviously, your introduction should include your name, high school, and grade, but you should also aim to impress hiring managers with a confident introduction. For example, our applicant starts out by saying she’s “interested in becoming a skilled professional in graphic design.” This assertive tone looks professional and mature.
2. Elaborate on Your Skills: If you’re a high schooler, you likely have little to no work experience. If this is your situation, then emphasizing the qualifications you do have is your best bet. Our applicant focuses on her contributions to the school paper and the Yearbook Club while juggling tough coursework and maintaining a high GPA. If you are not involved in any extracurricular activities, then mention soft skills that are relatable to your desired position.
A great way to show initiative and maturity is to research the company and incorporate those facts into your cover letter.
3. Mention Your Accomplishments: A common problem for high schoolers is filling up the entire cover letter page. Instead of using large font sizes or increasing margins, we suggest including 3 noteworthy achievements from your resume. The bullet point format takes up lots of space and sticks out from the body of your cover letter. This method will direct the attention where you want it.
4. Research the Target Company: A great way to show initiative and maturity is to research the company and incorporate those facts into your cover letter. Our applicant used this tactic to bolster her own credibility with the target agency.
5. Close with Your Details: You mentioned your contact information already, but it helps to mention your details again. Close with a request for an interview and thank them for their time.
High school student resume objective examples
Having little work experience shouldn't deter you from making a work objective. Use this section to help highlight the skills that make you unique.
There's plenty of competition for jobs for high school students, so you want to make sure you stand out from the crowd. A resume objective can help. Just like landlines and print maps, resume objectives may seem old fashioned—career summaries are more common nowadays—but they can come in handy in certain cases and may help your student resume stand out from fellow job applicants.
Sample retail position objectives
If you are looking to apply for a part-time position at a retail store, use the following objective examples as a guide to help you create one that works for you.
- Reliable, mature, and creative high school junior seeking a part-time retail sales associate position with a growing clothing company to gain experience and insight into the fashion industry for a future career in fashion and design.
- Mature and reliable high school senior looking for a part-time retail position with a desire to learn as much as possible about customer service and management for a future career in retail management.
- Reliable, respectful, and mature high school senior seeking a challenging position as a customer service representative in a local store setting.
Sample food services position objective
Most high school students tend to apply for a food services position. Stand out from the other high school students by adding a resume objective to your food services application. The following are a few examples of resumes objectives for high school students.
- Seeking a server position where I can use my exceptional customer service skills to enhance and elevate the customer's dining experience.
- Responsible and reliable high school senior seeking a cashier position at a popular, local restaurant.
- Reliable high school junior seeking a busboy position in a busy, but inviting restaurant atmosphere.
- High school senior seeking cashier position where I can use my exceptional mathematics and customer service skills to best serve the customer.
Sample lifeguard position objective
If you are looking to apply for a lifeguard position, your resume objective should mention any and all certifications you have received. Here are some examples of what to include.
- Hardworking high school senior seeking a lifeguard position. I am CPR-certified and hope to put my years of competitive swimming experience to good use.
- Responsible high school student seeking junior lifeguard position where I can become properly certified and learn what it takes to become a senior lifeguard.