Cover Letters in the Design Industry

over 3 years ago from Katarina Rdultovskaia, Ui/Ux Designer, Illustrator, Ponderer

  • Nelson TarucNelson Taruc, over 3 years ago

    I believe a unique well-written cover letter is more important than ever to make you stand out in a crowd of applicants.

    A portfolio may show your skill and highlight your accomplishments, but it doesn't tell your story -- and more importantly, how your story maps to the needs of the company you want to work at.

    Gareth, if it makes you feel better, as a rule of thumb, I never send my portfolio or resume when applying. I'm sort of in the same boat because a lot of my design work comprises bleeding-edge proof-of-concepts and prototypes I can't put online without getting in big trouble.

    If a company won't consider a candidate on just the cover letter alone (they can find more about me with a simple Google search), then my story sucks or they're too lazy to bother digging deeper. In either case, I'm not a good fit for that company. I can live with that.

    4 points