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When writing a cover letter for an illustration job, remember that you are competing with other illustrators, who are also sending in their resumes. The key is to capture the attention of the hiring manager by explaining -- in a concise way -- why you are the ideal candidate for the job. Be sure to use specific examples of your skills and accomplishments.
Format your cover letter for the illustration job correctly. Place your address, phone number, email address and the date at the left margin. The name of the hiring manager, his title, and the name and address of the company comes next. For the salutation, write Dear Mr. or Ms. X with a colon.
Make a strong statement about your unique qualifications as an illustrator in the introductory paragraph. For example, “Development and implementation of illustration dimensional imaging is my area of expertise. As an experienced professional with a master's degree in illustration, I am well qualified to serve as an illustrator for your company.”
Draw on your current or previous positions to highlight an accomplishment or two that demonstrates what you can do. Use strong language to create a statement explaining what you contributed to the company. Make sure your example relates to the current illustration job. You might say that you worked with a team of professional illustrators to generate computer games for more than one hundred projects.
Mention any special skills you have that will contribute to the illustration position. You might have an exceptional talent for detail, take direction well, understand the importance of deadlines or have awards in illustration.
Close with a strong positive statement about how your skills as an illustrator and career objectives are in line with the company. Tell the reader that you will be happy to provide a portfolio of your work for his review. Be sure to thank the hiring manager for considering you as a candidate for the illustration position, and mention that you will call or email as a follow-up to discuss the next step. End with a closing like "Sincerely," then skip four lines and type your name. Sign the letter above your typed name.
Use standard letter-sized paper with margins of at least an inch all around.
Select a conventional font that is easily read, like Times New Roman or Arial.
The font should be black in 10 or 11-point size.
Make sure to check for mechanics like spelling, grammar and capitalization.
Find out about the company and the illustration position before you write the cover letter. The more you know, the easier it will be to tailor your cover letter to the company and the position to show you are the best candidate for the job.
Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.