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Student Guide to Writing a Fashion Design Cover Letter


Consideration of a candidate begins by reviewing their resume and reading their cover letter. After this, the recruiter makes a decision whether to hire the employee, refuse, or ignore the response. It is not difficult to guess that the role of the cover letter in such a process is quite important. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about writing a fashion design cover letter. By reading it, you will be able to write a really good cover letter that any employer will notice.

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Why do you need a fashion design cover letter?

A cover letter is an explanatory note or letter usually included with a resume. In it, the applicant explains a little about themselves, the reasons why they want to work with this particular company, their experience in fashion design, or provide other information that may be of interest to the employer.

Typically, a cover letter helps the recruiter build a mental picture of the candidate to understand their goals and motivations for submitting their resume, both overt and hidden. When writing a letter, the applicant may accidentally write some words that will show their true attitude towards the vacancy in question.

In addition, the content of the cover letter may indicate the presence or absence of communication skills of the applicant, systematic thinking, and the ability to express their thoughts. And all these qualities, to a greater or lesser extent, can be useful in fashion design positions.

A good cover letter can give a candidate a significant advantage over candidates who have not sent a cover letter – they may be called for an interview first, and communication with others will be left for later. This situation already significantly increases the chances of finding a job in fashion design.

What requirements should be observed when writing?

There are unspoken rules of good manners, and failure to comply with them may cause the recruiter to delete your resume from the email and never return to it. When writing a letter, you must strictly adhere to each of them:

“Tell us why you decided to choose us.”

“Describe your relevant work experience at another company.”

“What do you see as your dream job?”

If you see such specifics, be sure to answer the question posed by the employer.

Structure and content of a cover letter

It is generally accepted that there is no clear structure of a cover letter; it is a relatively free genre that allows candidates to express themselves in a form convenient for them. But most cover letters that recruiters highlight as ones that interest them include the following structural elements:

1.  Greeting.

“Hello” is a good start. Remembering the unspoken rules of good manners, try to avoid excessive originality and vulgarity, such as “Good day” or “Greetings.” If you know the recruiter’s name, address them by name.

2.      Information about where you learned about the vacancy.

In just a couple of lines, specify where you got the information about the fashion design vacancy, so it will become clear to the recruiter that you are not sending out your resume en masse but are determined to work in this particular company.

3.  List your achievements.

You should not duplicate here the information that is indicated in your resume, but you can interest the recruiter with a brief story about what you have achieved so far: perhaps you successfully developed a serious fashion design project at your previous place of work, or launched a new promising direction in fashion design. Numbers and indicators will be a good help for you – sometimes, they are more eloquent than words.

4.      The answer to the question “Why do you want this job?”

Here, it is important to show your maximum interest in the position for which you are applying. Most often, the recruiter sets the goal of hiring the person who needs this particular job and no other; your task is to convince them that you are the right person.

5.  Gratitude.

Be sure to thank the recruiter for their attention; this will emphasise that you do not take their work for granted, which is always nice.

6.      Leave your contact information and sign.

At the end, indicate your email and contact phone number so that the recruiter can contact you if necessary. End the letter with your signature. “With respect, (your first and last name”).

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