Letters by Experience: Junior
When you’re applying for a junior position in a company, composing a cover letter can be challenging since you probably don’t have a lot of work experience. However, it’s fine to highlight your non-work related experiences in you cover letter if it’s relevant enough for the job. After all, interviewers for entry-level positions are aware that this may be your first position.
The good news is, it’s basically a level playing field when it comes to applying for junior-position jobs. Your competition will most likely not have a great deal of work experiences as well.
Feel free to include volunteer work, internships, relevant courses, leadership experience, certifications, and skills that pertain to your desired position. Providing these details may help you differentiate yourself from the crowd. Look for ways to connect your non-work related experience to the industry at hand. For instance, if you are applying for an entry-level position in engineering, points out your excellent in math-related classes, your involvements with projects etc...
Look at the specific skills mentioned in the job description, too, and think about ways to showcase that you have these qualities. Good luck!