You’ve got excellent design skills, but not just yet, 100% sure how to write your graphic design cover letter?
For a designer, a great cover letter should also have a great design on it even when it goes through an email. We’ll help you do the writing and you can figure out the design part based on your designer instincts.
You have to be concise and impressive to win a recruiter’s interest in a 150-200 words email.
A little bit of thinking here: recall your design inspirations and the outcome that reflects on the company’s profit through the resultant design. That is impressive, isn’t it?
You have been a part of various small and large projects, and marketing campaigns that made good profits or went viral. Pick the best projects and talk about how it was affected by your design skills.
Don’t forget you have only 200 words to put it down.
Now that you know what you have to write, take a look at the cover letter samples below to get a better idea of how to put them together on your cover letter.
Let us first establish that when a hiring manager looks at a designer’s cover letter, he better be seeing some design or the skills that his eyeballs have been scanning hard for.
Things you can include/do:
Skip the points, not relevant to you, and stick to the structure. Unless you are being creative for a designer’s taste.
I am writing to express my interest in the Sr. Graphic Designer position recently posted on Indeed.
With four years of professional graphic design experience, I have developed a strong skill set focused on:
My ability to master complex ideas and a deep desire to learn new things will ensure that I continually grow within the position. I value working in a collaborative environment, and I’m equally comfortable working independently. I have been on projects where I have worked independently from wireframing of the product to prototyping, designing, testing, and delivering. While on other projects I have been a part of the collaborative design research for each mobile application we have developed and took the role of a Project Manager for 2 large projects in absence of the Design Head for 4 months. During these months, I had exposure to project management, client communication and reporting, task allocation, and ensuring the completion of each deliverable on time.
The combination of my technical skills, artistic eye, and, more importantly, my ability to execute projects quickly and professionally would enable me to become a valuable member of the Topps team.
The Sr. Graphic Designer positions seem just the right fit for me to exploit my talents and advance as a designer. I look forward to the possibility of an interview to discuss how I can contribute to the team.
Please reach me via phone or email, available on the attached resume, anytime. I will follow up in 5 days to know the status of my application and see if you need more information to proceed.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Sincerely, Irma Jhonson
Today, on Indeed.com, I found your available position at Robert Half. Enclosed is my resume for the position of part-time Graphic/Web Designer.
In the attached resume, you will find that I am highly capable of this role and would be a great fit for your team at Robert Half. While looking through your company website I was excited to see how versatile your portfolio is and the many different services that you provide. One of the things that I value about graphic design, other than being creative for a living, is its versatility and that every project will teach you something new. I love learning new things and always try to stay on top of my skills.
A year ago, I picked up on photographic retouching and have now included that to my freelance services. I recently graduated from where I completed my Bachelor of Design, majoring in Visual Communication. During my studies, I interned at — a professional graphic design studio. In this position, I was able to apply the knowledge from my university studies in a work situation, designing everything from simple flyers to branding with multiple applications for real clients. At the same time, I was juggling my internship with part-time retail work and full-time university studies – proving my effective time-management skills.
As such, I believe I can make a significant contribution to your team, and I would even be happy to do a free work trial for one or two weeks to prove my skill set and work ethic to you. In the meantime, I have attached my CV and a link to my website portfolio. I can also bring my printed portfolio to an interview and would love the opportunity to do so.
I understand that recruiting can be a stressful process, I hope that everything goes well for you.
Thank you for your consideration and I hope to hear from you soon.
Sincerely, Jared Juan
**The second last line before the closing of the letter is not a standard statement to use on a cover letter. **
But the reader of this cover letter at the employer’s end found it likable and hence proceeded with the application.
You may write a sentence to mean similarly in a non-intrusive manner like in the above example if you feel right about it.
Although, what really makes the cut for the above cover letter is not that statement, but rather the fact that the candidate is able to juggle between the internship, a retail job, and a full-time college study.
There are other factors as well that would have helped in the selection process, being how he picked up new hobbies and turned them into a useful source of income. This shows business sense and a desire to learn and grow.
This cover letter presents not only the work experience and internship of the candidate, but also the personality of the candidate in general which is an excellent way to write your cover letter.
Remember, do not copy-paste any content. Use it to write yours by tweaking it, re-making it, and producing yours as an unseen original piece.
Dear Hiring Manager,
I have long been involved in arts and crafts and since I always found it intriguing, I pursued higher education in Graphic Designing. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California in May 2019 with a B.A in Graphic Design.
During college coursework, I learned and gained expertise in Design Software – Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, and Dreamweaver. While I learned to design, I realized I would be much more effective in design if I took is dip in HTML programming. I, therefore, earned certifications in HTML and CSS to better absorb and produce design work in the software industry.
Before I took up formal education, I had been working for small businesses in my neighborhood to produce marketing materials (hand-outs, pamphlets, advertisements, notices, menus, gift hampers designs) for free. That way, I worked for and learned from a multitude of industries and types of design tasks. After spending about a year in formal design education, I figured I could do more complex work and I began working for software companies, famous coffee houses & eateries, and a couple of large businesses as a Freelance Designer on a part-time basis.
Working as a freelancer with Modicum and Perkins and Will, I got exposed to complex industry procedures and design guidelines for various clients in a range of industries. As I worked these clients and felt being a part of the organization, I could connect more to my work and its impact on the client. I used to communicate with the clients since the inception of the design ideas for their products, through the completion of the projects. I had to face angry clients at times and make them understand the complex issues in a simple manner so they could relate to it. I learned the value of timely and effective communication during my time working with these large companies and their clients. My practical experience with corporates and my formal education from the university has prepared me to contribute abundantly to your organization.
I have attached my resume with a link to my website and portfolio for your reference. I welcome the opportunity for an interview to discuss how I can contribute most to your organization by meeting and exceeding client expectations.
Sincerely, Jason Hampton
I was excited to learn about your opening for a Graphic/Web Designer position at Perkins and Will via the job post on LinkedIn. After viewing your job requirements, I feel that my qualifications and work experience perfectly match them.
I recently finished my M.A. in Integrated Design from the University of Baltimore. I previously worked as a design and digital marketing professional with over 4years of experience, both in corporate and freelance environments. I consider myself an interdisciplinary designer and I have successfully delivered solutions for both- the Print Media and Web. For the past couple Of years, I have been working as a Freelance Designer servicing various global clients.
Prior to this, I had an extensive 5+ year stay with a photography company with global offices where I worked in their challenging and creative in-house agency team. During my time with them, I have managed and created the global design and online marketing initiatives that met or exceeded corporate expectations/KPIs. These included initiatives such as designing, analyzing, and writing blog posts, Kickstarter campaigns, social media, infographics, ad/banner campaigns, email newsletters to product microsites, and everything else in between.
My abilities and experience are far-ranging and I adapt to new technologies very quickly. I have all the necessary skills and in-depth knowledge of the latest design software applications further listed in the attached CV. I can also see a given project from the first idea through conceptual development and design to the final product.
For a more detailed presentation of my portfolio, skills, and educational/work background, please review the enclosed attachments and feel free to get in touch with me at your earliest convenience.
Thank you very much in advance for your kind consideration. Sincerely Margot Parez