When applying for a job in the fashion industry, it is important to spend as much time crafting a strong cover letter as you would the resume. Many applicants may have strong feelings about fashion, but an employer will want to see solid experience, so use the cover letter to specifically state what qualifications you have in the field of fashion that make you the best candidate for the job.
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Open a new word document. Format your letter to be single-spaced, with 1-inch margins on the top, right and left and a bottom margin of 1 1/2 inches. Choose Times New Roman font at 12-point size.
Write a formal salutation that directly addresses the recipient. For example, "Dear Mr./Mrs. (Name)." Do not write a generic salutation (i.e. "To Whom It May Concern"), as including the recipient's name indicates that you have done the research necessary and know who your potential employer is.
Write a two to three sentence paragraph and state exactly what job in fashion you are applying for, such as magazine intern or assistant buyer. If you have a reference or personal affiliation further qualifying you for the job, mention this as well.
Write the second paragraph, going further into detail on why you are the ideal candidate for this job. While you want to convey your own personal sense of fashion, remember that the employer will be more interested in your degrees, experience, and any awards or accolades you have achieved. Customise this paragraph to the needs of the company as much as possible. For example, if the company is exhibiting at a convention next year and you have volunteered at fashion exhibitions in the past, mention this and make the connection to show the recipient you have researched beyond the job description and feel strongly that you are the best candidate. If necessary, split this into two separate paragraphs.
Write the final paragraph, indicating your interest in an interview. Explain which documents, such as your resume and an application form, are enclosed with your clover letter. Thank the recipient for her time.
Print the cover letter and sign your name using a black pen.
Tips and warnings
- If the company prefers that you e-mail your cover letter and resume, be sure to save it as a word document, rich text file or PDF. Other file types occasionally will not open, or open in the incorrect format, on some computers.
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