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Sample cover letter for Full Time position at Smith and Baker



I wish to apply for the position of Associate Consultant, which is currently advertised on the X University careers website, and I enclose a copy of my CV for your consideration.

I first became interested in management consultancy six months ago, when I started to research careers outside academia. I believe that the skills I use in my current role are extremely relevant. For example:

  1. My extensive experience in gathering and analysing information will be vital in researching companies and the factors affecting their affairs.
  2. My publishing and presentation record demonstrates my strong ability to explain complex issues, both orally and in written reports.Making grant applications and collaborating with commercial research organisations has given me an insight into commercial issues.

In order to further my understanding of the role of a consultant, I have spoken with several practitioners about the nature of their work and this has reinforced my determination to obtain a position in the industry. I have also shadowed a consultant for a week, observing meetings and assisting with tasks such as data collection and analysis and the design of a presentation to a client.

Outlines steps taken to research the industry

Smith and Baker particularly interests me, due to its involvement with commercial research companies. My doctorate was a jointly funded research project in collaborative with a commercial organisation and I also worked alongside the University’s Research and Enterprise Division to explore further commercial impacts of the research that I was undertaking. I believe that this experience will equip me with the ability to identify potential problems and increase my credibility with your clients.

I am available for interview at any time. I look forward to hearing from you, 

Yours sincerely

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