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 Mr. James,
It is with great pleasure that I am applying for the Photographer position at Vivid Photography Studios. Your studio is well-known for its excellent customer service and dedication to capturing the most special moments of the people who walk into your studio. This is why I desire to be a part of your company as I admire and value both of these attributes.
My background includes designing and setting up backgrounds, lighting, and props while monitoring supplies and utilizing specialty software equipment to drive photo shoot success. With my ability to collaborate effectively with clients, peers, and senior managers—along with my excellent problem-solving, communication, and time management skills—I am confident that my talents will significantly benefit Vivid Photography Studios in this position.
My favorite types of photos are those that capture the true essence of a moment and person. Whether it's a wedding, graduation or newborn baby I am confident with my experience I can be an asset to your studio.
Past supervisors have commended me on my ability to swiftly connect with new and existing clients with my sense of humor leading to trustworthy relationships which I believe is invaluable as a photographer.
In closing, I am thrilled at the possibility and would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the value I can bring to Vivid Photography Studios.
I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon!
How to write a photographer 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 photographer
- 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