Use the second paragraph to draw the reader’s attention to selected information on your resumerelevant to the position or person. If you are using the cover letter as part of an artist packet,demonstrate to the reader how your art is appropriate for the gallery or show.
If appropriate, write a third paragraph explaining how your experiences and skills make you notonly qualified for a position but a stand out in the mind of the reader. If you are using the cover letter as a part of an artist packet, you may wish to use a short version of your artist’s statementas the third paragraph.Indicate what it is that you hope to accomplish by sending your letter (for example, setting up a timethat you can meet in person with the reader) or what you would like the reader to do in response to your letter (such as grant you an interview).Or tell them about upcoming exhibition dates and times and your hope that you will see them there.
The final paragraph is a conclusion wrapping up what you have conveyed to the reader andinforming the reader how you will contact the reader and/or provide more information if needed.Close by thanking the person, and end on a positive note.
Add the word “Enclosures” below your signature to alert the reader to look for accompanyingmaterial. Common enclosures are resumes, images, artist’s statement, artist’s biography, self-addressed stamped envelope, etc.Always check your grammar and spelling before sending out your letters.
Check over the spelling and grammar several times, gaining feedback from the Academic Supportcenter, friends, faculty and family members. Misspellings and typos on a cover letter can eliminate the possibility of interviewing with a company, or getting into a gallery.
The cover letter should be brief, no longer than one page in length if sent via hard copy mail.Emailed applications should contain a cover letter in the body of the email with a résumé attached.Typically, three or four short, easy-to-read paragraphs are adequate.Keep your cover letter looking professionally; use a standard font (i.e. Times New Roman, Ariel, etc.),and avoid using bolded or underlined text. In special cases, such as when applying for design positions,students are encouraged to consider a more unique résumé aesthetic as a way to show their work.