Journalism cover letter
View this sample cover letter for journalism, or download the journalist cover letter template in Word.
As a journalist, you know the importance of exceptional writing and storytelling. To be considered for top journalism jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for your work. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for a journalist, or download the journalism cover letter template in Word.
Additionally, you can learn more about media careers and editorial careers, as well as look for journalism jobs on Monster.
Journalism cover letter template
Sometown, MA 55555 | (555) 555-5555 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Portfolio URL
October 4, 2017
Mr. Chad Dallas
4350 West Ave.
Sometown, MA 55555
Dear Mr. Dallas:
As a journalism and mass communications major at XYZ University preparing to graduate next month, I am eager to launch my career in newspaper journalism. Your news reporter opening advertised on Monster is an excellent match to my qualifications.
While studying at XYZ, I gained experience as a:
- News reporter intern at DEF News, where I wrote news and feature articles of interest to Sometown-area residents.
- Reporter and editor at The Gold Standard (XYZ’s student newspaper), where I earned a “National Pacemaker Award” (considered to be the “Pulitzer Prize” of American college student journalism) for my series on a fraternity hazing.
- Blogger for Somedomain.com, a student-run news website covering the local and national political scene that I co-launched and grew to 7,500 subscribers. In this role, my colleagues and I produced short-form videos as well as long-form features for daily newscasts.
- Sports reporter covering the university’s football and basketball teams for XYZ’s website.
In both classroom and work settings, I earned a reputation as a dedicated journalist with a passion for accurately covering important issues and events, engaging readers and helping fuel positive change.
It would be an honor to report for your award-winning newspaper and work with your talented team of writers and editors. I am confident that my experience publishing and promoting content on social media and delivering on multiple platforms would benefit your newspaper as you move to digital delivery.
You may review my résumé and news clips at somedomain.com. Thank you!
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Social Media Manager Resume and Cover Letter Examples
When applying for a social media manager position, you will need to highlight your knowledge of social media accounts, trends and analytics on your resume. Present your previous experience in chronological order and provide details of your role in each position. Include specific details from the positions you have held that quantify your successes. Percentage increases in views, shares and tweets will highlight your effectiveness and competence.
Match Your Resume to the Job
For each position to which you apply, carefully read and take the time to analyze what the hiring manager is looking for in a strong candidate. Your resume should reflect your social media skills and experiences that most closely match the ones being sought for the particular job. Be sure to place your strongest qualifications first, followed by the other important, but less specifically related skills.
As you gain experience in your field, you will find it easier to tailor your resume for each opportunity you apply for. With each new position and accomplishment, you will have more material to interpret and select from to match to the requirements of a job. When you are less experienced, it’s important that you make the connection clear between what you have done, and how it relates to your qualifications for the position.
Your cover letter can go into more detail about certain aspects of your resume.
Just make sure the information (dates, titles, etc.) matches up in both documents.
Social Media Manager Resume Example
Use the following sample resume for a social media manager as a guide. You should adjust the details and the order to fit your situation and the job you're applying for, so your resume is as close a match to the job description as possible.
1001 Northwest Ave, Apt 1
Bethesda, MD 20810
Social Media Manager
Creative, skilled social media expert with five years of experience managing professional social media accounts. Successfully create must-follow social media feeds to develop an engaged community of followers for clients. Increased inbound traffic for clients’ websites by up to 32 percent through development of content, application of analytics tools and thoughtful collaboration with web production team.
Social Media Manager, XYZ PR Firm, Bethesda, MD
- Develop and manage online marketing campaigns for organizations including ABC Co., 123 Co., and JKL Co., effectively expanding audiences and increasing awareness of each brand.
- Develop and monitor benchmarks for measuring impact of social media programs using social media analytics, KPIs, and dashboards, ensuring success for each organization.
- Collaborate with VP, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Web Producer of each organization to develop and manage a successful interdepartmental social media team.
Marketing Coordinator, ABC Health Systems, Baltimore, MD
March 20XX-October 20XX
- Developed and managed ABC’s first social media campaign, initiating a 32-percent increase in web page viewers, a 25-percent increase in Facebook shares and a 50-percent increase in Twitter retweets.
- Assembled and analyzed sales, expenses, and new business data, developed quarterly marketing reports and delivered thorough quarterly analysis reports to upper management.
Master of Business Administration, ABC University
Bachelor of Arts, XYZ College
What to Include in Your Cover Letter
In your cover letter, you have the chance to reinforce the skills, experience, and education listed on your resume. You can add anecdotes and details that you didn’t have room to include, but that show clearly how well qualified you are for the job. Use highlights from your work experience that match the qualifications the employer has listed in the job position to showcase your most relevant skills.
Your cover letter is also your opportunity to express your enthusiasm for the position, and mention reasons you think you would be a good fit.
It can be helpful to review an example of a cover letter for a social media job, to help you to formulate your own letter. You may find it helpful to use a template as well, to help format your letter, and make sure that you include all the information required.
Review a cover letter example for a social media manager and see below for a matching resume.
Social Media Manager Cover Letter
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,
I would like to express my strong interest in the Social Media Manager position at Sunshine Hospital, as listed on Dice.com. I am confident that my previous success as a social media manager, as well as my strong communication and collaboration skills, make me an ideal candidate for the position.
I have ten years of experience in marketing, and I have spent the last five of those years as a Social Media Manager. I know what it takes to manage an effective online marketing campaign. I have expanded and/or developed social media presences for over one dozen organizations. My most recent campaign for XYZ Company led to an increase of over 35% in inbound traffic for XYZ’s website. Through a combination of creative social media marketing strategies and thorough monitoring of success through media analytics, KPIs, and dashboards, I can assure your company a similar rate of success.
You state in your job application that you are looking for a Social Media Manager who is able to collaborate with others, particularly your upper management and sales staff. As Marketing Coordinator for ABC Health Systems, I maintained regular, open communication with the entire sales team, holding quarterly meetings in which I presented marketing reports and sought analysis and feedback from the entire team. As Social Media Manager for Jones & Jones PR Firm, I collaborated with the Director of Marketing and Producer of every company for which I worked. Multiple companies with which I worked praised my open communication style and teamwork.
I am confident that my experience, particularly within the field of healthcare marketing, as well as my ability to collaborate and communicate, make me a strong candidate for the Social Media Manager at Sunshine Hospital. I have enclosed my resume and will contact you next week to see if we might find a time to speak together. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
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Sending an Email Cover Letter
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: Social Media Manager - 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.