All companies benefit from good design and branding work, and skilled graphic designers should find no shortage of opportunities waiting out there. Market yourself to potential employers with a cover letter that fully showcases your creative strengths.
Check out our graphic designer cover letter example and industry-specific writing tips to stand out and ensure an interview. If you’re applying on a deadline, try using our builder to create a professional cover letter in minutes.
Table of Contents
- Graphic Designer Cover Letter Sample (Image)
- Graphic Designer Cover Letter (Text Format)
- Three Key Writing Tips
1. Graphic Designer Cover Letter Sample & Resume (Image)
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2. Graphic Designer Cover Letter (Text Format)
April 2, 2017
Weitzman Brands International
155 Broadway St.
New York, NY 10012
RE: Graphic Designer Application
Dear Ms. Elson:
I am writing to apply for the position of Graphic Designer at Weitzman Brands International. As an experienced graphic designer, I have spent over four years crafting digital content and campaigns for established media groups in the Greater New York area, and I am confident that my skills make me a strong candidate to fulfill the creative needs of your company.
Having served as a digital graphic designer at Simmons Media, I am adept with a wide range of digital media marketing, including websites, online advertisements, social media campaigns, and brand identity design. I excelled at my assignments and was offered a role in the company’s larger scale projects for clients such as Solomon Page, IPPOLITA, and Adweek.
At Verge Creative Group, I continued to design digital content while leveraging my experience into a leadership role in the art department. I supervised four junior graphic designers and worked closely with various departments within Verge like marketing, editorial, and merchandising to support a consistent brand identity. As a graphic designer, my up-to-date knowledge of design technologies and detailed approach have allowed me to manage marketing projects worth over $250,000 with positive results.
Weitzman Brands International is a leading goods company in the industry, and I believe that my skillset and creative vision would partner well with the company’s future goals. I would love to meet you in person for an interview at your earliest convenience. You can contact me at [PHONE NUMBER] or by email at [EMAIL]. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
3. Three Key Writing Tips
1. Don’t be afraid to name drop
Approach your cover letter as the narrative of your career.
While graphic design success can be measured in many ways, the simplest and most effective way to catch a potential employer’s attention is through name recognition. Don’t shy away from listing big brands you have worked with, or notable projects that have made waves in the industry. As you continue to establish yourself as a graphic designer, your clients and campaigns will take on increasing importance, so be sure to slip in some specific examples of past work into your cover letter.
2. Be a well-rounded creative
Employers are looking for a graphic designer who can design a logo, but also spruce up their website or work with the company photographers or merchandisers for assignments. While you may not be expected to write copy or direct photo shoots on a daily basis in your position, your capability to do so makes you a more valuable employee.
Use the cover letter to convey your versatility as a graphic designer by providing instances of when you have dabbled in or collaborated with different departments to pull off a project.
3. Demonstrate growth
Approach your cover letter as the narrative of your career. You want to show growth as a graphic designer, whether this means accepting more responsibilities, pursuing new projects, or taking on a more senior role in your department or company. Give hiring managers a glimpse into how you can grow and positively impact their company as well!
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How to Write the Best Graphic Design Cover Letter
If you want the job at the best graphic design firm ever, you have to submit the best cover letter, resume and portfolio ever. (We’ll leave the bits about being a worthy designer to another post.)
And with no shortage of resources on what makes a great cover letter, resume and portfolio out there, this should be a somewhat simple feat. But here at Go Media, we are disappointed to see the same mistakes made over and over again. It often seems like applicants choose to apply for more jobs – the quantity – over quality (in other words, doing a thorough job of applying to fewer companies). In this three part series, we talk about the elements in cover letters, resumes and portfolios that really make our jaws drop.
To start, we’d like to address cover letters. Above all, there is one element that most good applicants touch upon, but often do not take the time to cover with enough depth and passion. This aspect makes all the difference between a cover letter worth passing by, and one worth paying attention to.
What is this magic element?
A SECTION THAT SERIOUSLY PLAYS TO OUR EGO.
Sounds simple, right? Far from it.
It takes time and a ton of time, which is why we rarely see it. Please read on!
In the cover letter, it’s critical that you communicate to the potential employer: “You are the only company I am applying for, I’ve been following your company for years.” You want to play into the ego of the company. In order to communicate this you need a plausible story. Most importantly, you need more FACTS about the company you’re applying to. So, this means research! Referencing a few portfolio items is a fine start, but anyone can do that in 10 seconds.
If you REALLY want to wow the potential employer, spend several days (even weeks if necessary) reading anything you can get your hands on about them. This may sound like a huge investment, but consider this – you’re about to commit to working there for YEARS. Isn’t a week of research worth getting into the right company?
If they wrote a book – read it. If they have a blog, read every article you can on the history of the company. About page? Read it. Then, write a concise ‘How I got to know your company’ story… If you can find any gem in your research to reference you can say things like: “I read in your book that you used to lay on the floor drawing with crayons all day as a kid. That’s exactly how I spent my childhood.”
Basically, you need to make sure they know you KNOW them… you did your research. You desperately want to work for them and them only. Sprinkling in a few obscure facts will help communicate this.
As an employer it’s VERY clear to us who’s done their research and who is just throwing out a generic cover letter. Pandering to our ego works. We want to think that the people I’m hiring are HUGE Go Media fans! Of course! We love hearing their stories about how they discovered our company and have been following us for years. When they reference specific tutorials we wrote 8 years ago, we think: “Wow. This is going to be a loyal employee!”
Similarly, continue to blow us out of the water if you’re able to illustrate actionable ways in which you’ve shown your love for the company. Have you volunteered for our design conference, benefit shows, or attended every single one of our open houses? Let us know!
Also, Answer the why
Next, explain WHY you want to work for the company you’re applying to. The reason should be specific. Something like: “Your firm has a background in illustration and I can see that you appreciate art. This is unique compared to the other firms I’ve considered applying to. I love the balance of artistry with design – it’s something I’ve always done. It’s important to me that I’m working in an environment that has that appreciation for the artistic side of design.” Again, you are not only giving the reason why, but you’re reinforcing that you have a deep knowledge of the company you’re applying to. This ties everything together eloquently while making us feel warm and fuzzy.
While you’re at it, here are things to avoid doing in your cover letter:
- Not addressing anyone specifically. Never write “Dear Hiring manager” or “To whom it may concern”. Do your research! Figure out who’s hiring and write to them specifically!
- Sending before having trusted friends and family proofread it again and again. Watch your spelling! Attention to details is critical. One error here can knock you out of the game completely.
- Using your email as the cover letter itself. Design a cover letter that you save along with your resume and attach. It’s ok if what you write in your email is exactly the same as the attached pdf. The point is – I want to see you apply the same branding from your resume onto a cover letter page, and then again on the website. If you don’t attach a designed cover letter you’re losing that opportunity.
- Praising your own design skills, i.e. “I’m a VERY talented designer.” This simply comes across as arrogant. Whether you are talented or not will show up in your portfolio. Saying you’re good ONLY WORKS AGAINST YOU. If you want to praise yourself in any way – it should be: “I work hard, I’m eager to learn and I have a positive attitude.” These are things that cannot be seen in a portfolio. And these ARE traits that a potential employer is looking for – not arrogance or overconfidence.
- Giving your potential employer work. Saying things like: “To download my resume go here…” is very bad. Make hiring you as simple as possible. I recommend attaching a finished designed cover letter (which may contain the same text that you included in the e-mail), your resume and a pdf of your portfolio and or a link to an online portfolio.
- Saying you want this job as a jumping off point for completely different. The last thing we want to hear is that you’re applying to be a Junior Designer, only to turn into a Project Manager in another 6 months. We will support your hopes and dreams, but we are looking to fill the position of a Junior Designer now. If you’re actually looking for a Project Management position, please look elsewhere.
Okay, now that we’ve covered our number one must follow rule and these important don’ts, promise us you’ll dedicate the time your cover letter (and future employer) deserves.
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Stay tuned, when next week we’ll be back with our favorite rules about creating the best design resume ever >
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