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Sample Architecture Cover Letter

Here is a sample cover letter that you can use as a starting point. However, remember you are selling your unique story.

UPDATE FROM BRANDON 3/7/2017:

Hi there, just a quick note before you read the example. Since this article has become very popular (#1 on Google) I have seen many word-for-word copies of this architecture cover letter in a lot of applications. I don't mind it being copied but you are doing yourself a disservice because all of the hiring managers know about this article. "Here is another Brandon cover letter". Please just use this as a reference for you own voice and experience. Thanks!

This is a business letter so use formal block formatting (not indented) paragraphs. Don't forget to include your contact information in the header or footer. Just email and phone number are acceptable, your mailing address is not necessary. 

Download the example documents for a formatted sample. 

[insert your contact information in header or footer]
October 12, 2015
Mr. Chris Anderson
Design Director
ABC Architects
145 Main Street
Boston, MA 02108
Dear Mr. Anderson:
With this letter, I wish to express my strong interest in working with ABC Architects as a Junior Designer. After three years in design and construction, I believe I would bring several areas of competence to ABC Architects. My resume detailing my professional background is enclosed for your review and consideration.
In my current position, I manage a team of designers and coordinate various consultants and work streams under demanding deadlines. I have contributed to the design of numerous high-rise projects including the First Bank Tower in New York and the Finance Office HQ in Dallas.
Through these and other projects detailed in my resume I am experienced with building materials and systems, sustainability techniques and construction administration on complex projects. I have extensive experience with a broad range of design and management software including AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, 3DS Max and Adobe Suite.
I would very much like to speak with you about the designer opportunities and the ways you can utilize my expertise. Please expect my call on Thursday, October 15th to arrange a convenient time to discuss. I look forward to speaking with you about this opportunity.
Sincerely,
James M. Smith
[insert your contact information in header or footer]

Notice it does not say, “I look forward to hearing from you” or “Please call me at your earliest convenience.” You need to be firm and show initiative at this stage.

Submitting the cover letter

There are generally three ways to submit your cover letter:

1. Email
2. Website submission
3. Mailed hard copy

Email Applications

I generally recommend you include the cover letter in the body of the message if you are applying by email. By keeping the cover letter as part of the email it takes out one step from clicking on two or three separate attachments (cover letter, resume, and sample portfolio.)

There are several options in submitting your application by email, I will have a look at these options and discuss the pros and cons of each method.

Here are the three main “ingredients” of your application

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Sample Portfolio

Option 1: Cover letter in body of email, resume and portfolio attached separately

Pros:

  • Makes it more likely the recipient will read your cover letter if it is just included in the email as opposed to opening the cover letter attachment.
  • Keeps the resume and sample portfolio separate so the formatting can be different.
  • Makes the package more interesting instead of opening the attachment and seeing a letter, instead of a portfolio image or a well formatted resume.

Cons:

  • The above benefit of the resume and portfolio separate could also be a disadvantage because it creates two separate attachments, increasing the chance they won’t both be opened.

Option 2: Cover letter, resume and portfolio attached separately

Pros:

  • Allows different formatting for each document.
  • Allows the hiring manager to skip to whichever document he or she is looking for.

Cons:

  • More things to open and/or lose

Option 3: Cover letter, resume and portfolio combined into one attachment

Pros:

  • Easier to keep track of just one document, but if this email does not include a compelling email body cover letter then the attachment may not be opened at all.

Cons:

  • If you also include the cover letter in the email body AND the attachment it appears redundant when you read the email then open the pdf. This can make it a little trickier if you have different formatting between the three documents, from portrait to landscape for example. However it can make it a little easier for the hiring manager to print or forward if it is all-in-one document.

Website submissions

Some of the large architecture offices will have application submissions on their website. For cover letters in this situation there are generally two options:

1. Attaching a pdf cover letter
Always go with this option first. If they only offer a cover letter text box then that becomes a formatting issue.

2. A text only box
This is usually a plain text box that does not allow formatting, you need to have your cover letter formatted for both html and plain text when applying so they are both clearly readable.

Mailed hard copy

I generally don't recommend submitting hard copies of your applications. However, if you insist on snail mail be sure to print your cover letter on quality white bond paper (that matches your resume) and sign it.

You may want to send it in a waterproof envelope to reduce the chance of it getting wet.

I hope you found this information on architecture cover letters helpful for your next application.

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Finance Internship Cover Letter Example

If you are an undergraduate applying for an internship in the finance industry, you'll likely need to write a cover letter. Find out what information to include in your letter and review a sample. 

What to Include in a Finance Internship Cover Letter 

Start with the basics: The first paragraph of your letter should mention the specific internship you hope to get. (Note: Many financial companies have large-scale internship programs, with opportunities ranging across departments and divisions.

Specifics help!) As well, mention the name of your school if you are an undergrad or in graduate school. If you have a personal connection — for instance, if you know someone at the company or met the recruiter at a job fair — be sure to mention it in the first paragraph. 

In the body of your email, include details on relevant coursework or projects, as well as previous finance-related work experience, volunteer positions, or prior internships. Your letter should demonstrate your familiarity with the company and its goals, and make it clear why you would be a good candidate for the internship. Read through the internship description carefully, and make sure to connect your experience with the responsibilities and qualifications laid out. 

If this is your first internship, you may feel like you don't have any relevant experience to highlight. If that's the case, look for the qualities and responsibilities mentioned in the internship description, and come up with examples of how you've demonstrated those abilities in the past.

Make sure to format your cover letter properly. And, before sending your cover letter off, proofread it carefully. Paying attention to these details can make a big difference in how your message is perceived.  

The following is an example of a cover letter written for a finance internship program. Use this for inspiration when writing your own cover letter.

Finance Internship Cover Letter Example

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

Through ABC Financial Group's website, I learned about your bank's present career opportunities.

I am extremely interested in securing a position in the ABC Financial Group's Global Equity Summer Internship Program.

I am currently in my second year at the Smith Business School of the State University and am concentrating in finance, accounting, and real estate. Over the summer I completed an internship with First National Bank, and am currently interning with the University's Student Federal Credit Union.

My experiences have provided me with a detailed knowledge of financial institutions and have enhanced my interest in pursuing a financial career. I feel that an internship with ABC Financial Group would be a logical next step in my development as an investment banker.

My main interest in joining ABC Financial Group stems from its impressive reputation.

The prestige of the firm is best captured through its recent decoration as "America's Most Trusted Corporation" for the second consecutive year.

I feel the firm's diverse clientele, large market capitalization, and well established summer internship program would provide me with an invaluable experience to complement my studies at Business School.

I believe that I would succeed in the firm's exciting and motivated environment and that my strong work ethic, ability, and passion would make me a valuable asset to your firm.

I would prefer to work in global equity, however I am willing to consider any position that you offer me. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

Sincerely,

Your Signature (Hard Copy Letter)

Your Typed Name

Sending an Email Cover Letter

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

Subject: Finance Internship - Your Name

Include your contact information in your email signature, and do not list the employer contact information or the date. Instead, begin your email message with the salutation. 

Aside from these relatively minor differences, an email cover letter is very similar to a printed-out version. The body of your email — from salutation to sign-off — will remain the same. 

More About Cover Letters: How to Write a Successful Cover Letter | Cover Letter Samples for Students

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