September 28, 2012
Student Recruitment Administrator| LSE Student Recruitment Office
Dear Ms Mason,
RE: LSE Student Recruitment Assistant Application
My previous experiences working for the LSE Student Recruitment Office, the LSE Careers, the LSE Web Service and my experience in office administrative roles and customer servicing roles make me a well-qualified candidate for the Student Recruitment Assistant role. I am motivated to apply for this role because I am passionate about the prospective students, as well as communicating the information about the school to various types of audience.
From past experiences, I have found myself very enthusiastic about prospective LSE students and also promoting the LSE reputation to the wider community. The enormous opportunities and knowledge that the school has given me contributed to my pride in being an LSE student, and I was self-motivated to give back to the School. I took initiative to contact my A Level School in Cambridge and paid several visits to do presentations about studying Economics at LSE, share my LSE experiences and encourage the students to apply. By winning the first prize of the ‘UK in my eyes’ competition of British Council Vietnam, I am acting as the ‘UK student ambassador’ and have been frequently interviewed by British Council VN to share my UK experiences to Vietnamese media. My study at LSE has been a frequently mentioned topic in my talks; to encourage and help informed more prospective Vietnamese applicants about LSE. This summer I had the chance to work for the LSE WP Summer School of the Student Recruitment Office, when I was extremely eager to answer A Level students’ queries about the school and use my knowledge to persuade them to apply. Not only sharing my pride with my AS juniors and friends, I have also been contacted by several students about my experiences with the School on The Student Room after they saw some of my well-rated posts about LSE. Being frequently asked about the school, admission and recruitment tips, I frequently do some research before answering any questions, to make sure the information is reliable. Having recently started to mentor 12 first year LSE students for a couple of weeks, I really like replying to emails about their endless queries. I believe these qualities have demonstrated how passionate I am about LSE and its reputation. I therefore strongly believe that this post will help me deliver some of that passion through the communication with the prospective students – the worldwide audience.
Because I am well involved in school life and activities, I am very proficient and knowledgeable about different courses and services that the school offers. I worked for the LSE Careers for my first year, assisting on weekly Career Fairs; therefore I would be proficient in assisting the recruitment team on events such as open days. I also worked for the LSE Web Services for 3 months, assisting with editing the public lecture podcasts and videos, as well as updating content on their databases –which required a lot of attention to details. In terms of customer services, this summer I have interned at HSBC Retail Banking branch where I enjoyed serving customers and answering their queries on a daily basis.
I have extensive experience in a wide range of fields, from which I have learnt many specific skills that I believe are crucial for carrying the Student Recruitment Assistant role:
Communication skills: I have gotten customer service experience in volunteering for the Olympics as an ambassador, as well as during my internship with HSBC, which enables me to answer queries of students and communicate with staff thoroughly. Every previous job of mine required high level of email usage; I have also taken online courses about email etiquette. Therefore, I am confident with the quality of the email responses and my MS Outlook skills.
Investigation, analysis and research skills: I have interned in Corporate Finance in KPMG where I dealt with both quantitative and qualitative data, collected data from searches and compiled them using a lot of Excel work. I can therefore highlight my proficiency in information gathering, analysis and MS Excel skills.
Ability to work with limited supervision: Last summer I worked in a language summer school where I took the sole responsibility of managing groups of 15 students on off-site trips as well as onsite activities. Using my organizational skills and knowledge, I can lead such sessions without any supervision and manage my own pace well.
Planning and organizing resources: I am very skilled with administrative tasks, since I have performed many of those tasks while working as the Summer School Course Assistant for the LSE WP Summer School.
Flexibility: Last year, I have worked for LSE Careers up to 15 hours during the academic terms, as well as during some weekends and holidays, which illustrates my ability to manage my own time to meet your flexible needs.
I am eager to work for LSE Student Recruitment Office again, in this new role as a Student Recruitment Assistant, because I am already very passionate about every element of this job. I would therefore welcome an opportunity to meet you and discuss my candidacy in more details.
Headquarters: London, England
Size: 1001 to 5000 employees
Type : College / University
Industry : Education
Revenue: £100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
Competitors: Oxford University, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London
The London School of Economics and Political Science (frequently referred to as London School of Economics, or simply LSE) is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. The school’s more than 7,000 students can choose courses of study such as economics, as well as international relations, accounting, sociology, and information systems. The school is also known as one of the leading centers for research in the social sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, LSE counts more than 13 Nobel prize winners among its alumni and staff. The school is part of the University of London system.