Graduate Finance Analyst Cover Letter

Entry Level Finance Cover Letter and Resume Samples

When you are applying for a job in finance, be sure to follow the instructions in the job posting exactly. If a cover letter is required, make sure yours is a good one. It can help to look at a sample of an entry level finance cover letter to help you know what to include. It’s also helpful to review resume examples so you can see how yours compares.

The following is an example of a cover letter for an entry level finance position.

When you are applying for an entry level job that doesn't require significant work experience, include information on the related courses you have taken, any internships you have done, and the finance skills you have gained while in college.

It's important to be specific, and to take the time to match your qualifications to the job description. The closer the match, the better your chances will be of getting picked for an interview.

Also see below for an example of a resume for a finance position.

Sample Cover Letter - Entry Level Finance Position

Your Contact Information
Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
Email

Employer Contact Information
Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Date

Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,

I am very interested in the entry-level position that is available at ABC Investment Partners. I recently graduated from XYZ University College and am actively seeking employment with firms in the San Francisco area.

My courses in investments, finance, and business have given me a solid base upon which I plan to build my career.

During my college internships, I dealt with a variety of budgets and conducted market research while handling numerous administrative duties. The experience allowed me to learn important skills and to develop the confidence needed to succeed in a competitive environment.

I have enclosed my resume for your review. Thank you for your time and consideration.

It would be a pleasure to interview with you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

Sample Finance Resume

First Last Name
Street Address, City, State, Zip
Phone (Cell/Home)
Email Address

Qualifications Profile

Analytical and detail-oriented emerging professional positioned to excel within a challenging entry-level Finance position requiring solid knowledge of investment strategies and international financial markets.

Education

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance Major

Southern Technical College, Little Rock, Arkansas
Associate Degree of Applied Science, Computer Aided Drafting

Experience Highlights

12/20XX – 6/20XX: Finance Student
University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas
Successfully pursued and completed comprehensive course of study in Business Administration and Finance, laying solid groundwork for a career as a Financial Analyst. Relevant coursework included: Financial Accounting, Financial Analysis, Financial Econometrics I & II, Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing, and Macroeconomics I & II.

Structured, researched, and presented well-received individual and group case studies of corporate financial structures, futures markets, commodities pricing, and trading strategies. Completed internships with Frank Financial Services and Premium Tax Services.

1/20XX - Present: Teller
2nd Street Bank, Little Rock, Arkansas
Concurrent with education, gained practical experience as a Teller for established banking firm. Provided first-class customer service to clients at drive-through window; handled cash transactions with 100% accuracy and accountability.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office Suite; Bloomberg, Sage 50 Accounting, SAS, QlikView, PrevisionEPM Financial Reporting, QuickBooks

Related:Finance Major Skills List

Sending an Email Cover Letter and Resume

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:

Subject:  Job Title - Your Name

Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation. Here's an example of a formatted email cover letter.

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This cover letter example was written for a finance new graduate. He adopted a good approach by discussing his educational background and work experience in the first paragraph. The fact that, as a new graduate, he already had concrete experience demonstrates that he had a real interest for the field. He continued with his down to earth approach by highlighting key skills and attributes as they related to the position he was applying for. He concluded by reiterating his interest and asked that the recruiter respond and provide him with further information about the opening. That was a daring move, but again, showed his commitment.

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<Enter address here>

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: <Enter position title here>

Further to your recent advertisement for the position of <insert position title>, I would like to present my resume for review.

Over the past two years I have been completing a graduate accounting program within the Wilson Learning Group, gaining firsthand experience in both Client Side Services and their Corporate Services division. This experience has ranged from Corporate Accounting through to Management Accounting and Financial Analysis experience.

My ability to provide both hands-on resources as well as being able to understand the wider-picture of the role, has allowed me to tackle a wide range of tasks. My skills and experience includes:

  • Financial reporting and management accounting support;
  • Risk analysis and credit analysis on financial transactions;
  • Month end reconciliations;
  • Lodgement of tax month end and quarterly returns;
  • Client side consultation on setting up of books and accounting systems;
  • Assisting undergraduates.

I have a wide breadth of experience of the type that gives you the versatility to place me in a number of demanding situations with confidence that the level of excellence you expect will be met. I have enclosed my resume for your attention and would be grateful for your contact to acknowledge this email, and perhaps explain the current process you are using to select for this role.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Johnson

This cover letter example was written by Australian Resume Services. Australian Resumes Services is part of the itouch group, giving clients an international resume service and professional resume that can be adapted to a wide range of markets. We provide both Resume Writing and CV writing and cover all levels from Executive Resumes through to resumes for Graduates.


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