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!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

  • [e-mail]
  • [Phone Number]

Dear Mr. Rabb,

I am writing to apply for the position of Makeup Artist in your production company. Given the popularity of your company throughout the entertainment industry, I am thrilled about this opportunity and wish to demonstrate my abilities to prove that I am the best match for the job.

With over 5 years of experience working as a makeup artist on set for various production companies, I am proud to say that my abilities as a makeup artist cover a good range of looks. From working on drama to thriller to fantasy sets, I have been regarded as one of the top makeup artists by many previous employers and have been praised for my reliability and effectiveness as a makeup artist.

Never have I missed a deadline or was responsible for any delays in production. My professional career is spotless and characterized by excellent communication and effectiveness based on an efficient work ethic that delivers results. I enjoy a challenge and the pressure that comes along with working in a fast-paced production setting.

As makeup is a true passion of mine, I continually engage in workshops and training to learn new makeup techniques and methods to maintain current knowledge of the evolving industry. I strive to excel and exceed expectations with client satisfaction as my top priority.

Thank you for your time and consideration and I hope to hear from you soon. Should you require any clarification, I can be reached on (123) 456-7891 or emoore@email.com.

How to write a makeup 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 makeup 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