Graphic Design Cover Letter Student Jobs

Graphic Designer Cover Letter Sample 1:

I recently came across your advertisement for a graphic designer, and would like to submit my resume and application for the advertised post. After perusing your requirements I feel that my qualifications and work experience perfectly match them. I hold a Master’s diploma in Graphic Designing and have a total work experience of 5 years. I am well versed in different areas of design and have successfully designed solutions for print media and websites. My key duties and responsibilities include, among others, the following:

  • Meeting clients to discuss the objectives and requirements
  • Understanding the client’s needs and developing suitable concepts
  • Estimating the amount of time needed to complete projects
  • Designing different types of illustrations and layouts as per brand guidelines
  • Produce excellent visual solutions
  • Working with different types of media, including computer aided design, or CAD, and photography
  • Working alone or as part of a team as per the requirements of the project
  • Collaborating with copywriters, photographers, printers, stylists, illustrators, and account managers to give the best service to the clients

I am comfortable with Mac OSX as well as Windows. In addition, I have in-depth knowledge about almost all top designing software, including the following: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas, and Adobe Acrobat Professional. Good communication and listening skills are paramount for a graphic designer, and I excel in both verbal and written communication. I am a team player to the core, but am also at complete ease when working alone. I have attached a copy of my resume as well as the link to my online portfolio for your reference. I hope you will find enough evidence of my capabilities as a Graphic designer in there to call me for an interview.

Graphic Designer Cover Letter Sample 2:

I am interested in the recently opened position of Graphic Designer in your esteemed company, and would like to submit my application and resume for it. Mr. Philips William, who works as a Project Manager in your company, apprised me about this position. With a master’s diploma in Graphic designing and over 7 years of experience, I am a great candidate for this position.

For last 4 years I am employed as a graphic designer with ABC designing firm. During my tenure with my present and previous employers, I have had the opportunity to develop and hone my skills in different areas of web designing. Thanks to my rich and varied experience, I am today proficient in various types of graphic designing work, including website templates, logo creation, marketing materials like flyers and brouchers, and book covers.

I have experience of working with different designing software, including the following:

  • AutoCAD
  • Adobe CS Suite
  • Dreamweaver
  • Quark
  • InDesign
  • CorelDraw Graphic Suite
  • Flash
  • Inventor
  • Sketch Up Pro
  • Other 3D imaging software such as Maya, 3DS Max, Hexagon, Blender, AC3D, CATIA, Cheetah 3D, Flux, and Electric Image Animation System

I strongly believe in offering practical, cost-effective solutions and complete adherence to clients’ recommendations. My focus is on developing solutions that are visually appealing and in consonance with the vision and values of my clients. Some of my notable accomplishments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conceptualized and executed a very successful online advertising campaign for a leading international SEO company
  • Created highly popular logos for 5 multinational companies, one of which is listed in Fortune 100 companies
  • Redesigned the cover page as well as the layout of a leading Men’s magazine

Attached with the application is my resume that provides details about my education, work experience, and professional achievements. I sincerely hope that you will give me a chance to meet you in person to discuss my candidacy further.

Graphic Designer Cover Letter Sample 3:

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Jones, and I have been a graphic designer for the past 17 years, working on staff for commercial agencies serving the entertainment and media fields, as well as running my own small design firm, OPN Digital Creations. My abilities and experience are far-ranging. I have all the necessary skills to see a given project from first idea through conceptual development and design to final product, even trouble-shooting computer software and hardware if necessary along the way. I am well-versed in all the software programs that you require as you will see on my attached resume. The security of a position with a firm of your success and stability would not only be in my best practical interest, but also serve my desire to concentrate more on my first love, the actual job of graphic design rather than the many complications of running your own small business. I hope that you will keep me in mind and my resume on file for any current or future available openings. If you would like me to provide further employer references, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.

Cover Letters

By CRAIG KUNCE

Your cover letter is one of the most important pieces of your job application packet. Be sure to inject some of your sparkling personality into the conversation. Your cover letter is an introduction to yourself. It has to make a solid first impression. 

You may not have needed a cover letter before. Going forward you'll need one. A cover letter will help you appear professional and help you land an interview. I believe that a cover letter is a necessity for all serious job applicants. 

I always like reading applicants' cover letters. It allows me to begin to get to know them and get to know what type of person, and employee, they may turn out to be. A cover letter is an important piece of the hiring process. Take it seriously.

Cover letter tips & guidelines

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One page and done

I've seen many different types of cover letters. Some are long, some are short, and some are medium length. I prefer the medium length cover letters. I like the letters that take up about three-quarters of a single page. They tend to be succinct enough to make me want to read it, and long enough to introduce me to each person applying and allow me to get to know a little about them and their personality.

Email and phone is fine

Security and privacy are on everyone's minds these days. It's okay to leave your address off your cover letter and resume. A phone number and email is perfectly fine. No modern company is going to snail-mail you a letter asking for an interview.

Address your letter to a real person

Don't use the old, "To whom it may concern" or "Dear Sir or Madam" or "Ladies and Gentlemen." Use the name in the job posting. If there isn't one, pick up the phone and call the company and ask the receptionist who you should address the letter to. A little resourcefulness will go a long way. Be sure to get their name and position.

Now, if the posting doesn't list a person's name or a company, I would suggest using the most common title for a person who usually manages the department you want to work in. For graphic designers, I'd address it to Art Director. For a sales person, I'd use Sales Manager. You get the picture.

Lastly, call me old-fashioned, but I prefer to receive a cover letter addressed like this, "Dear Mr. Kunce,". I like the personal touch of "Dear" and I like the respectful touch of "Mr." I usually don't use a person's first name until I've met them face-to-face or over the phone.

Inject some of your personality into the letter

Have you ever been told to just be yourself? Well, for most of us, that is the last thing we should do. In trying to teach this concept to my children, I tell them that they have two kinds of a Dad. At-home-Dad, who can be funny, quirky, or loud. Then there's at-work-Dad, who has to be professional, level-headed, and a collaborative, team-player. So my point here is that whoever you are at home, make sure that your at-work personality shows up in your cover letter. There is nothing wrong with a little snappy, clever humor, or a passionate statement about your chosen career field. Just make sure it sounds professional and not over-done. How do you know the difference? Have someone else read it who will give you an honest opinion.

Try to expand on your resume

You can never say everything you want to in a one-page resume. So the cover letter is a perfect place to elaborate and inject some personality. Tell them what you're doing right now—a job, college, just graduating? Highlight your experience and try to be specific. If your field has specific skills it's know for, list them and tell how you use them. Tell them what you can do. Tell them what you've done. Tell them you're skilled and technologically savvy. Tell them you're up-to-date and social media savvy. You might have to make a list for some skills. That's okay, just don't over do it.

Show some enthusiasm!

Whenever I interview a candidate I want to see that they are excited with the possibility of landing the job they applied for. I don't want to see them doing cartwheels, or dancing for joy, but I do expect some level of enthusiasm to resonate through to me during their presentation and our conversations. Without this, I am really turned off. How am I expected to get excited about hiring you if you aren't excited about getting this job? Smile, vary the level of your voice, use your hands when you talk, speak passionately about your portfolio—this makes me want to hire you.

Talk about your goals

We all want to be somewhere better in 3–5 years. Tell them where that might be—but make sure it fits with the position you're applying for. If you are applying for a entry-level sales position tell them your goal is to continue to grow with the company and be sales manager one day. Don't tell them you want to get a few years of experience under your belt and move on to a bigger or better company. Don't tell them you play the lottery and hope to be on a beach in five years. Enough said.

No "form" letters please

Many web articles state that you should never send a "form" cover letter. Each should be written specifically for the job you are applying for. First of all, I agree with that advice, but I also have to say that in 20+ years of hiring people, I have never received a "form" cover letter. So either the word has gotten out, or I have just been fortunate. Which ever it is, be sure to write each cover letter for each specific position you are applying for.

In my experience, most people know which specific field or industry they are going into, and they write one cover letter for that field or industry and tweak it slightly for each company's open position. I think all those articles warning about using a "form" letter are really targeting people who are applying to job openings in many different fields and are incorrectly using the same cover letter for all of them. I wouldn't do that.

Summary

A cover letter is a form of professional business correspondence used to apply for a job. It is your first impression—so make it count. You are a professional graphic designer now, so the way you apply for a job should be professional as well. Businesses will be expecting a cover letter to accompany your resume. Most will ask for it directly in their job posting.

Your cover letter is your opportunity to show your personality and to communicate your skills, abilities, interest, and enthusiasm for the job. It elaborates on your resume, and It helps to differentiate you from other candidates.

 


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