You’ve always dreamt of being a fashion force to be reckoned with, dominating at a job that so many girls fantasise about! But, before your dream can become a reality, there’s one thing standing in your way – the all-important COVER LETTER that will either secure you the interview or leave your CV unopened.
Many of us underestimate the importance of a cover letter and the time it takes to write one that really makes you stand out. So, to help you compile a kick-ass cover letter, we have highlighted our top 10 tips that will set your letter apart from the rest and hopefully land you your dream job in the fashion industry.
1. Before we get to all the interesting bits, first thing’s first – spelling and grammar! Although you might not be applying for the job of a language expert, nothing says ‘unprofessional’ better than poor spelling and grammar.2. Avoid clichés – yes, we know you have a ‘passion for fashion’, but keep things fresh, new and interesting.3. In a massive pile of cover letters, we are looking for the applicants that stand out. Avoid generic pieces and always stay authentic and real.
4. Now is your time to shine – your cover letter needs to highlight what makes you unique and different from the rest.
5. Sell yourself but stay humble in the process. Confidence is key, but too much of it can also be a bad thing.
6. Your cover letter should suit the company you are applying for – even though you might be sending out bulk e-mails and applications, always keep your cover letter true to the brand you’re approaching.
7. Just as important as a first impression, your opening paragraph is your do-or-die moment. Make it catchy and we will want to read more!
8. Always make sure your cover letter promotes you in the best way possible for the position – if it’s a digital position, be sure to highlight your strengths in this field or if it’s for a position that requires styling, let us know why we should select you.
9. As much as we would love to know everything about you, keep your cover letter short, sweet and to the point. Rather keep us focused on the important stuff than loose track on non-essential information.
10. Last, but not least, proof read your document and get a second opinion – it doesn’t hurt to take advice from professionals that could help you tweak a few things here and there.
(But, above all else, HAVE FUN in the process – your cover letter is about you and what makes you shine – it’s a celebration of yourself in writing and that’s something to be excited about!)