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
Speculative approaches can be a great way of getting your foot in the door in competitive industries. They demonstrate dedication and a proactive nature and can give you an early start on your competition.
In the opening paragraph of a speculative cover letter 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, end on a positive note. Thank them for taking the time to read your application and that you look forward to hearing from them soon.
Please be aware that this is an example. Use this cover letter template to help generate ideas and structure your own document but avoid copying and pasting. Your cover letter needs to be original and tailored to the job you're applying for.
Anika Nawar 42 The Grove Grovetown CQ55 1WX firstname.lastname@example.org 07788123123
Julia Corning Graduate manager Media Company Business Shed Enterprise Street London SE1 J99
15th April 2021
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 2020
- Young Designers Workshop Series, Manchester, 2019-2020
- Web Design Industry Masterclass, London 2018
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.
(Sign your name here)
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