I would just like to say a massive thank you for welcoming me in so kindly, and for allowing me to do work experience with you. I have really enjoyed myself and feel that this has given me some really valuable skills that I will definitely benefit from! It was a great, hands-on experience and working with you was very enjoyable while at the same time I learnt a lot.
Working in your company has helped me to appreciate the demands of working full time and will also help me in deciding on the type of career I Would like to follow.
And also, thanks to everyone else who has shown me and taught me how to do everything! I was very lucky to get the opportunity to observe everything as I know very few people my age get to have an experience in research. I am especially pleased to have observed the flow cytometry as I know that kind of work experience is very rare.
1) Don’t repeat your resume
A lot of people write cover letters as if they were paragraph-form resumes. Fact is, your letter will be stapled (or attached to the same email) as your actual resume, so you can assume that they’ll at least glance at it (and probably with a keener eye than your cover letter). Instead, use your cover letter to show personality, curiosity, and an interest in the field you are applying to work in. My favorite pro tip: Google around for the history of your field or company, and sprinkle some cool historical facts into your cover letter (or even use one as a lead). If I was applying for a job in tech, I might talk about how thrilling it was to see Moore’s law transform technology before my eyes, and how thrilled I am to be a part of this transformation. If I were applying for a job in fashion, I might talk about how much fashion has changed since the 80s (a lot!). Everything has a hidden history. Use it to show expertise and interest.
2) Keep it short
Less. Is. More. Three paragraphs, tops. Half a page,...
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