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This Cover Letter Will Land You an Art World Dream Job
Because behind every CV is a good cover letter…
Art Girls Jungle 09 Oct 2018

Devil Wears Prada via Marie Claire

If you are looking to apply for an arts-related position writing a cover letter can be a great a platform to highlight details of your experience and fabulous skills that might not be included in your resume to show off to future employers.

Read on to find out our top nine tips on how to write a cover letter that will land you your dream art world job!

1.Cover Letter or no Cover Letter?

First things first, is you need to figure out if a cover letter is even required. In these following cases, a cover letter is most definitely needed; if the job offer requires a cover letter, if the employer, hiring manager, or recruiter requests one, if you’re applying directly to a person whose name you know, if someone has referred you for the position or if you know something about the job and the position. No brainer really, however a cover letter may not be necessary if you are applying online. Some applicant tracking systems don’t even allow candidates to submit them. If that’s the case for you, don’t worry and remember you can always include a cover letter within your email too.

2.Dear whom it may not concern

To start off writing your cover letter you need to get rid of these words from your vocabulary asap – “To whom it may concern.” Why? Because you should be knowledgeable about the company you’re applying for and be able to tailor each email to that specific place and person. Finding a name to address the cover letter to also allows it to be more personal and shows that by doing some research you have more desire for the job. Know the official job roles and duties of each specific person you email too. Being able to name drop detailed projects that the person has done is another great way to stand out.

3.Research, research…research!

Now you have used your best stalking skills to find out who the employees are you need to take some time to look into the role you’re applying for and the company. Use this information to tailor your cover letter accordingly. The following questions are key pieces of knowledge you should find out before you start writing; what the company does, who are their competitors, who are their target audience, what does the role involve and what are the essential skills. Once you’ve found the answers to these questions, you’ll be able to make it clear in your cover letter how your skill set, and capabilities align with what the employer is looking for. Not only will doing research give you the knowledge you need to adapt your cover letter and CV to the style of the company perfectly, but once again it also proves that you have got a real interest in the specific role and establishment.

4.Create a Sassy Subject Line

Playing with the subject line is a great way to make your email stand out in a heavily littered inbox.  Think about the place you’re applying, the person you’re emailing, and what you’re hoping to get from the email and use those foundations to create a catchy subject line for the email you’re sending.

5.Chop, chop, chop!

People nowadays have a very short attention span, so make your cover letter concise and punchy. It should never be over two pages. When you have finished, think to yourself would I read this if I was hiring somebody? If not…chop it down.

6.Let your personality do the talking

You want to stand out, so it’s perfectly fine to take on a more casual tone to let your personality shine through.  Not too informal though, you want to keep it professional. By doing this not only will your tone show your true colours but by the way you arrange something on the page can also display to an employee that you have a creative side, which is obviously needed when applying for an art role.

7.Ask a friend

Terrible spellings and grammar mistakes in cover letters, especially if you are looking for a writing job, is a huge red flag for employers. Having someone read your email to check for a mistake as the second pair of eyes can be a game changer. Having someone read back to you aloud is also a great way to ensure the tone is right. You don’t want to let someone know what great attention to detail you possess throughout your application if you can’t even get the cover letter right.

8.Timing is crucial

Employees are most likely to notice an email during work days in the morning, therefore time your emails to be sent out in the early morning hours or manually send them before 9 A.M. After a morning cuppa, your compelling subject line, beautifully written and structured cover letter is going to be a great start to your future employers’ day.

9.I just called to say …

After a week if you haven’t heard anything follow up with a friendly email. Create another catchy subject line and remember to politely note that you’ve emailed before. A little bit of persistence can be a good thing to show your enthusiasm for wanting a job. One week after sending, if you don’t hear anything, it’s time to move on and carry on with your search elsewhere.

Good Luck!

Text by Peigi Mackillop

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