If you're looking for a job in a competitive industry you may need to be proactive with your search as not all roles are formally advertised. Discover what to include in a speculative cover letter
In the opening paragraph explain what sort of role you're looking for. Then move on to show you've done your research by explaining why you're attracted to the company. Next you need to talk about the skills and experience you have gained that are relevant to the company and the type of role you're looking for. It's best to show that you're an all-rounder so don't restrict yourself by focusing on one skill or area. Finally, you should end on a positive note.
Anika Nawar 42 The Grove Grovetown CQ55 1WX email@example.com 07788123123
Julia Corning Graduate manager Media Company Business Shed Enterprise Street London SE1 J99
15th April 2019
Dear Ms Corning
I am a second-year media design student who is looking to gain some industry experience. I would like to do a summer placement/internship with Media Company and am writing to you to see what opportunities there are.
I know Media Company has a strong reputation in the industry. I was particularly attracted by the work you did for X Communications, which I came across during research for a university project. Your designs caught my eye and your understanding of the UX made our project flow well - and helped us achieve top marks for our year.
My website www.anikanawar.co.uk shows the range of my work, including a project for sportXperience.
As you can see from my CV I have attended industry events including:
- New Designers (Part 2) at the Business Design Centre, London, June 2018
- Young Designers Workshop Series, Manchester, 2017-2018
- Web Design Industry Masterclass, London 2017
These were a great opportunity to network with peers and meet industry experts.
Along with a group of other students, I have been instrumental in setting up a blog www.webX.com. We have run two online student events and are currently crowdfunding a live event.
I can offer Media Company my flexibility, excellent time management skills, entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to work hard and learn quickly.
I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you.
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