What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

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]

[Phone Number] | [e-mail]
September 17, 2019

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in being an artist on your team. With over nine years of experience in studio arts, including painting and sculpting, I am confident in my ability to bring creative value to your organization.

Having worked independently, as well as with art collectives, I value the creative atmosphere that your organization is offering. My specialty is in creating custom residential on-site work, including hand-painted finishes, decorations for cabinetry, ceilings, and beams.

One of my most notable clients was a well-known actor who commissioned me to paint a 300 square foot Italian fresco on his wall. I have also been commissioned by political figures to paint large murals in their homes.

I am very attentive to my client’s needs and love making their dreams come to life. Given the high-profile nature of my clientele, I am confident interacting with people from all walks of life.

I am excited about the opportunity to be surrounded by other creative individuals as a part of your team. Driven by an innate sense of curiosity, I love soaking in influences from others, and likewise, love sharing my ideas.

Attached you will find my resume for you to review. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!


How to write an artist 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 artist
  • 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