What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!
Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:
- Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
- Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
- Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
- Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
- How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
- Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
- Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
- Have you proofread your cover letter?
- Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
[Your Name] September 17, 2019
- [Phone Number]
Dear Mrs. Jones,
I am extremely excited to be applying for the position of Actor with XYZ Music School.
Acting has been a passion of mine ever since I was young. My parents would often find me prancing around the house belting out songs from one of my favorite musicals or turning every day interactions into dramatic soap operas.
As I got older, I progressed from my living room to the stage by acting in every musical my school’s theater group would put on. This is how I discovered my love for improv, which I have been indulging in ever since.
The opportunity to pass on my love for acting to children sounds like a dream job. It wasn’t always easy for me to be a theater kid and I am passionate about helping young people live their true self.
In addition to acting, I love writing scripts. Through my previous experience volunteering at a local music school, I have developed many plays for students ranging from five to eighteen years old.
I have attached my resume to this application for you to review and am available to interview at your convenience. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!
How to write an actor cover letter?
- Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
- Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
- Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
- Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the actor
- Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
- Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
- End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
- Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length