Writing a strong cover letter is an important step in the job search process. While each cover letter should be tailored to the specific job you are applying for, you can start by creating a basic template and then adjusting it based upon your needs. Below, a sample cover letter for a psychology-related job is provided. However, do not simply copy this for word-for-word. Instead, adjust it to suit your needs and feel free to add, subtract, change, and modify elements so that your psychology cover letter fully conveys your academic training, previous job experience, skills, and current goals.
About.com’s Guide to Job Searching, Alison Doyle, also has an excellent selection of cover letter samples that you can browse.
Your Contact Information:
[CITY, STATE, ZIP]
Employer Contact Information:
[CITY, STATE, ZIP]
Dear Mr. or Mrs. Last Name [HUMAN RESOURSE PERSON, MANAGER, SUPERVISOR, etc.]
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am preparing to graduate from [NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL] University’s Masters Program with a degree in [DEGREE, i.e., Psychology, Social Work, etc.] on [DATE]. My coursework and experience has prepared me for my career working with [TYPE OF CLIENTS, i.e. those with disabilities, children, adolescents, married couples, etc.] individuals. In addition to my major degree, I also minored in [list your minor], and I feel that I am very well prepared to help people who are in need of mental health services. I believe that I am well-prepared to offer comprehensive support services to clients from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of needs.
I am currently studying for my [SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE] licensure to be taken in [DATE]. I have already passed the graduation requirements for [UNIVERSITY]. I have [NUMBER] hours of [SPECIALIZED TRAINING, i.e. domestic violence, drug and alcohol treatment, etc.] training obtained at [AGENCY]. I have my own vehicle and carry [YOUR STATE] required insurance coverage as well as [PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE].
I am currently working at (or have worked at) [AGENCY] doing [JOB FUNCTIONS, i.e. internship, therapy, counseling, etc.). I have almost two years experience total with [TYPE OF PSYCHOLOGY WORK, i.e., psychosocial rehabilitation, individual counseling, applied behavioral analysis] in a [SCHOOL, HOSPITAL, MEDICAL OFFICE] environment.
In addition to my academic and work experiences, I also possess a tremendous amount of patience, trustworthiness, ethics, communication skills, and respect for patient confidentiality I would be pleased to have the opportunity to provide the supplementary information that is mentioned in my enclosed resume. I have letters of recommendation from past professors, employment supervisors, and personal references. I performed a background check on myself in [DATE] of this year, which I can provide. I am available for an interview at your convenience.
I think I would be an excellent match for [COMPANY/AGENCY NAME] and hope that you will kindly consider me for an interview. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your consideration.
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