Artist Cover Letter Tips Examples

Artist cover letter

View this sample cover letter for an artist, or download the artist cover letter template in Word.

Need some help visualizing your career path? To be considered for top artist jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for your work. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for artists, or download the artist cover letter template in Word. 

Additionally, you can learn about creative design careers and look for artist jobs on Monster.

Artist cover letter template

George Cole
Sometown, NY 55555 | 555-555-5555 | gc@somedomain.com | Online Portfolio URL


December 7, 2017
Ms. Susan Jones
HR Manager
ABC Agency
55 Main St.
Sometown, NY 55555

Re: Forensic Artist | Advertised on Monster

Dear Ms. Jones:

It is no secret that forensic sketch art is considered a dying art. The advances of computer-aided design tools used to create realistic digital composite drawings make hand sketches seem like relics of a bygone era. While I embrace technology, I also believe that hand-drawn sketches can be just as effective in capturing the nuances of facial characteristics.

The forensic artist opening advertised on Monster marries old-school drawing with modern technology, and I am very interested in joining your team.

As part of my associate’s degree in fine art program that I completed last year, I worked as a police composite artist apprentice for XYZ Police Department in Sometown, NY. In this role, I sketched accurate facial likenesses and created digital age progressions using Photoshop to help find missing persons and identify criminal suspects.

Throughout the apprenticeship, I was commended for my ability to build rapport with witnesses, crime victims, family members and law enforcement officers to help solve active and cold cases. I developed skills in forensic-imaging techniques, portraiture and facial-change characteristics.

ABC Agency’s mission to rescue and recover missing and exploited children is one that I share, and I believe I can make significant contributions as a member of your team. You can reach me at 555-555-5555 or email gc@somedomain.com. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
George Cole

Enclosures: Résumé and Work Samples


It’s a good time to be a job seeker: U.S. job growth is strong, unemployment is on a steady decline, and openings are at an all-time high.

That doesn’t make the search any less daunting. Differentiating yourself from every other job seeker on the market is no small feat, and the monotony of filling out online applications can make the task downright exhausting. That’s where a killer cover letter comes in.

Done right, a great cover letter is like a secret weapon for catching a hiring manager’s attention. Next to your resume, it’s one of the most important, underutilized tools at your disposal.

Here are some cover letter writing tips, and a free, downloadable template, to make yours stand out.

1. Personalize

Every cover letter you write should be tailored to the job you’re applying for — just like your resume. Study the job posting carefully, and make a quick list of any essential qualifications.

“Job seekers really struggle with what to say on a cover letter,” says Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, President and CEO of Great Resumes Fast. “Taking a second to think about why you’re applying, and why you’re a good fit for the company, makes the process a lot easier.”

If you’re adding a cover letter to an online application, use a business letter format with a header and contact information. If you’re sending an email, it’s OK to leave out the header, but be sure to provide a phone number (and an attached resume, of course). Make sure you’re clear about the position you’re applying for.

Avoid nameless salutations — it might take a little Google research, and some LinkedIn outreach, but finding the actual name of the position’s hiring manager will score you major brownie points. “Do not start a cover letter with, ‘to whom it may concern,’” Holbrook Hernandez says. “It concerns no one.”

2. Tell a Story

To grab a recruiter’s attention, a good narrative—with a killer opening line—is everything.

“The cover letter is a story,” says Satjot Sawhney, a resume and career strategist with Loft Resumes. “What is the most interesting thing you’re doing that’s relevant to this job?” Use that to guide your letter.

Ideally, the story that drives your resume will focus on a need at the company you’re applying for. If you’re a PR professional, maybe you have a list of clients in an industry the team wants to break into. If you’re in marketing, a successful promotional campaign might be the ticket in. “A hiring manager wants to see results-driven accomplishments with a past employer,” says Holbrook Hernandez. “If you’ve done it before, you can deliver it again.”

If you have a career gap or are switching industries, address it upfront. “If there’s anything unique in your career history, call that out in the beginning,” says professional resume writer Brooke Shipbaugh.

(Here’s a downloadable sample.)

3. Use Bullet Points to Show Impact

Hiring managers are usually slammed with applications, so short, quick cover letters are preferable to bloated ones, says Paul Wolfe, Senior Vice President of human resources at job site Indeed.

“Make your cover letter a brief, bright reference tool,” he says. The easier you can make it on the recruiter the better.”

Bullet points are a good tool for pulling out numbers-driven results. Job seekers in creative fields like art and design can use bullets to break down their most successful project. Those in more traditional roles (like the one in the template), can hammer off two or three of their most impressive accomplishments.

4. Highlight Culture Fit

It’s often overlooked, but a major function of the cover letter is to show a company how well you’d mesh with the culture.

As you research a potential employer, look for culture cues on the company website, social media, and review sites like Glassdoor. Oftentimes, employers will nod to culture in a job posting. If the ad mentions a “team environment,” it might be good to play up a recent, successful collaboration. If the company wants a “self-starter,” consider including an achievement that proves you don’t need to be micromanaged.

The tone of your letter can also play to culture. “The cover letter is a great place to show [an employer] how you fit into their world,” Shipbaugh says. “Show some personality.”

5. End with an Ask

The goal of a cover letter is to convince the person reading it to make the next move in the hiring process — with a phone call, interview, or otherwise. Ending on a question opens that door without groveling for it.

“You have to approach this with a non-beggar mentality,” Sawhney says. “Having an ‘ask’ levels the playing field.”

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