How to Write a Fashion Cover Letter

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You may be the most experienced person in the world, but without a professional and well-written cover letter, you are going to have an extremely difficult time getting your foot in the door. This is especially true for the fashion industry, which has a competitive job market. Remember that your cover letter is your first introduction to a potential employer and, in job hunting, first impressions are everything.

Things You'll Need

  • Business paper with envelopes
  • Research the company beforehand so that in the letter you can speak to the specific goals, philosophies and needs of the company. Consider what style of clothing is produced and who the target market is. Think about what experiences you have that connect strongly with the company.

  • If you do not have letterhead paper, create a simple but striking letterhead at the top of the page. Be sure to include your email address and phone number so companies know how to reach you. Also include a website with examples of professional fashion designs or apparel, if you have one.

  • Place the name, title and address of the hiring manager below the letterhead, aligned at the left margin.

  • Open the letter with "Dear" and the name of the hiring manager. If you don't know the name of the hiring manager, contact the company and find out. Using the specific name, rather than general openings such as "To Whom It May Concern," will show that you took the effort to find out. Sometimes job applications with letters that don't address a specific name are immediately rejected.

  • Introduce yourself, state the position you are interested in and sum up why you would be a good fit in the first paragraph.

  • Describe specific experiences that illustrate your qualifications for the position in the second paragraph. Also talk about how you will be a benefit to the company. Relevant qualifications and experiences can be bulleted as a way to highlight them.

  • Emphasize your desire to meet the employers and request an interview in the third paragraph. Your desire to share and utilize your passion for fashion should be reflected.

  • Close the letter with "Sincerely" and your name. Leave enough room (about four spaces) for your signature.

  • Print your letter on professional, business paper. Don't forget to sign the letter. Mail it in a matching envelope with a printed, not handwritten, address.

References

  • Photo Credit Fashion image by CODETZ from Fotolia.com
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