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!
Dear Mrs. Jones,
I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Art Director with ABC Company. With over seven years of leadership experience in the art and design field, I am confident in my ability to immediately add value to your organization.
During my tenure as an Art Director, I have worked with art galleries, media companies, and art consulting agencies. My specialty is planning and designing concepts for high-end photoshoots, as well as setting the vision and direction for photographers and other artists.
My expansive skill set includes crafting creative roadmaps, scouting photo shoot locations, setting the creative tone for projects, and orchestrating pop-up events. I have strong visual and typographic sensibility and have an expert level understanding of InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
By nature, I am extremely detail oriented and possess strong project management skills. I know how to orchestrate the creative direction of art initiatives, while also making sure we stay on time and under budget.
I pride myself in being an artistic visionary who isn’t afraid to break the rules. I constantly have my finger on the pulse of current trends and know how to map the path to success.
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 art director 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 art director
- 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