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Old 09-10-2005, 17:13   #1 (permalink)
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Covering letter for job applications

How does this sound?

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I am writing to apply for the position of Photographer at ..... I am currently a freelance photographer specialising in music and portrait photography.

I am a strong believer in real world experience over that of formal qualifications. I have learnt more in the past year of being a freelance photographer than I did when I studied for my BSc in Software Engineering. While I do not hold any formal qualifications in photography, I have pushed myself to get to where I am now. I have won numerous photography competitions, been featured on the BBC website a number of times and attracted international clients.

My main influences are Henri Cartier-Besson and Ansel Adams. I love Henri Cartier-Besson's ability to capture real moments. He has inspired me to spend time in Liverpool, walking the streets waiting for that perfect shot. He has an amazing ability to capture real people. What I admire most about Ansel Adams is his ability to create fantastic landscapes using darkroom techniques. They have both inspired me to spend more time outside trying to capture real life in Liverpool and to spend more time learning the fine art of Photoshop. While I do believe that Photoshop is an amazing tool, it can't replace getting the shot right first time with the camera.

I have enclosed my CV with some recent portrait and music photography. I do not mind relocating for the position as it will allow me to find new places to photograph. I look forward to hearing from you.
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As a whole, that's ok but I have difficulty with the "real world" comment. I would imagine that a formal qualification, say a 3 year degree course in photography, would encompass a lot of "real world" experience. It's use as a phrase does imply that those with any formal qualifications haven't earned their "spurs". If a position is expecting applicants to hold formal qualifications, concentrate on drawing attention to examples of your work to show your skill.

This link might be useful: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/Applications_and_interviews/Applications/The_covering_letter/p!efXakl

May have to copy and paste that link!

Edit: And best of luck with the applications! (Knew there was something else I meant to say).
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thats a good link Milou, im enclined to agree with you there too, dont imply that people with qualifications know nowt, it might not go down well
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thats a good link Milou, im enclined to agree with you there too, dont imply that people with qualifications know nowt, it might not go down well
Nah I'm not trying to. I'm trying to show that while I don't have a degree in Photography I have real world experience which is better than a degree. My Software Engineering degree taught me the basics in a variety of subjects but I learnt so much more on my placement year than I did doing the degree.
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I was thinking of the recipients of your CV who may well have such formal qualifications and may consider that they worked hard to accomplish such.
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You're speaking of both your photographic influences in the present tense, since they are both deceased you'd be better using the past tense, e.g had instead of has.
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Hi Pete - it's difficult to comment without knowing more. Is it application by letter, form? Is there a job description, person spec? What type of company - corporate, local sole trader etc, etc.

If it's on letter alone and I assume it is, then you need to put in as much as possible as to why you can

- do the job better than anybody else

- want the job more than anybody else

before your letter gets boring - difficult I know.

I have spent a lifetime interviewing and employing people and as a general letter it's fine but nothing really stands out. But...I've never interviewed a prospective photographer before so as I said....difficult to comment. Can you post the ad or job details? No perhaps not - someone else might go for it.

My only specific criticism of your letter is the "I don't mind relocating...." This suggests to me a very slight negative in there. The fact that you are applying says that you will relocate. As I've said it's a good general letter, tells me about what you think but not your ability as a photographer - but I would imagine your portfolio would do that. HTH or gives some room for thought. Good luck with the application

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I love Henri Cartier-Besson's ability
I don't have o level english so could be wrong..... isn't that more than one Besson?

I love Henri Cartier-Bessons' ability ?
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I was thinking of the recipients of your CV who may well have such formal qualifications and may consider that they worked hard to accomplish such.
Yer I get what you mean. When my mates and I finished our SE degree we all agreed that we were certainly not qualified for any decent jobs and we got decent degrees. Maybe it was the Uni, but the people on my course were not really the kind of people I would hire to do programming. I guess other degrees are different

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Hi Pete - it's difficult to comment without knowing more. Is it application by letter, form? Is there a job description, person spec? What type of company - corporate, local sole trader etc, etc.

If it's on letter alone and I assume it is, then you need to put in as much as possible as to why you can

- do the job better than anybody else

- want the job more than anybody else

before your letter gets boring - difficult I know.

I have spent a lifetime interviewing and employing people and as a general letter it's fine but nothing really stands out. But...I've never interviewed a prospective photographer before so as I said....difficult to comment. Can you post the ad or job details? No perhaps not - someone else might go for it.

My only specific criticism of your letter is the "I don't mind relocating...." This suggests to me a very slight negative in there. The fact that you are applying says that you will relocate. As I've said it's a good general letter, tells me about what you think but not your ability as a photographer - but I would imagine your portfolio would do that. HTH or gives some room for thought. Good luck with the application

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Thanks Its pretty much a general letter for spamming every job I can find. I do have a CV prepared which I'm also tweaking.
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I don't have o level english so could be wrong..... isn't that more than one Besson?

I love Henri Cartier-Bessons' ability ?
hehe I dunno I've never been able to do those things.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson's ability is right - the 's is belonging to. And there's an "r" in his surname.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson's ability is right - the 's is belonging to. And there's an "r" in his surname.
At least there was something wrong with it

Found this on apostrophes
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With reference to your CV.

I personally think the different font sizes for the title and your name are either the wrong way around or preferably should be the same with maybe a slight emphasis on your name through brightness, subtle colouration (maybe the same as the graphic - may make sense to make it an image to ensure it always looks right).

I would call Photoshop is an application rather than a program.

'About you' section needs to be a sales pitch rather than a statement of fact. Include something about being able to work as part of a team as well as on your own. Motivated/self starter etc etc.

The next section should be key achievements or maybe move up the photography experience to here and rename Professional Phototgraphy Experience or similar.

Although not relevant to the role, you should include some employment history (assuming you have some) as it shows you are reliable, able to hold down a job etc.

I personally think that references should only be included at this stage if the names are widely recognisable ie name dropping. Otherwise leave them out until asked.

Do you think the sample images adequately show the range of your capabilities or will you tailor them depending on the role applied for? I think the quantity chosen is correct though.

Generally I like the overall style, clear, easy to read, relatively brief. You just need to sell yourself a bit more e.g. well versed in Photoshop should be very experienced in Photoshop or something similar.

Good luck

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With reference to your CV.

I personally think the different font sizes for the title and your name are either the wrong way around or preferably should be the same with maybe a slight emphasis on your name through brightness, subtle colouration (maybe the same as the graphic - may make sense to make it an image to ensure it always looks right).

I would call Photoshop is an application rather than a program.

'About you' section needs to be a sales pitch rather than a statement of fact. Include something about being able to work as part of a team as well as on your own. Motivated/self starter etc etc.

The next section should be key achievements or maybe move up the photography experience to here and rename Professional Phototgraphy Experience or similar.

Although not relevant to the role, you should include some employment history (assuming you have some) as it shows you are reliable, able to hold down a job etc.

I personally think that references should only be included at this stage if the names are widely recognisable ie name dropping. Otherwise leave them out until asked.

Do you think the sample images adequately show the range of your capabilities or will you tailor them depending on the role applied for? I think the quantity chosen is correct though.

Generally I like the overall style, clear, easy to read, relatively brief. You just need to sell yourself a bit more e.g. well versed in Photoshop should be very experienced in Photoshop or something similar.

Good luck

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The images are tailored to the role, which is currently portraits I'm adding in the work experience stuff. I didn't really think a CV for a photography job would look good listing web design work but as you say, shows I can hold a job. Even if each company I've worked for failed I'll try and work on the selling myself thing. I dunno what it is but I've never been good at selling myself.
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What I admire most about Ansel Adams is his ability to create fantastic landscapes using darkroom techniques.

Pete, I'd rephrase this mate. What Adams is most remembered for is his invention of The Zone Metering System. It's incredibly difficult to grasp and to put into operation, but Adams argued that if you correctly identified a particular tone in a scene as it would appear in monochrome, and correctly exposed for it - all other tones would automatically be correctly exposed. He was a fanatic for correct exposure, hence the reason he devised his system.

The truth is that despite all his efforts, many of his finest shots owe as much to darkroom manipulation as they do to his metering system, so you're not wrong, but if you're going to mention Adams at all, I wouldn't put more emphasis on the darkroom than on his metering system, which many people tend to think was infallible, when of course - it wasn't.
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What I admire most about Ansel Adams is his ability to create fantastic landscapes using darkroom techniques.

Pete, I'd rephrase this mate. What Adams is most remembered for is his invention of The Zone Metering System. It's incredibly difficult to grasp and to put into operation, but Adams argued that if you correctly identified a particular tone in a scene as it would appear in monochrome, and correctly exposed for it - all other tones would automatically be correctly exposed. He was a fanatic for correct exposure, hence the reason he devised his system.

The truth is that despite all his efforts, many of his finest shots owe as much to darkroom manipulation as they do to his metering system, so you're not wrong, but if you're going to mention Adams at all, I wouldn't put more emphasis on the darkroom than on his metering system, which many people tend to think was infallible, when of course - it wasn't.
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Ok, updated and updated CV

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Dear Sir / Madam,
I am writing to apply for the position of Photographer at ..... I am currently a freelance photographer specialising in music and portrait photography.

Working as a portrait photographer is very interesting because it encorporates many styles of photography. You can use dramatic landscapes, industrial warehouses, or the simplest of household objects to create the right mood. It is much more than simply taking a photo of a person, it is all about creating the right look. Each person is different, each photograph is a new challenge to create that look, the right moment. This is what I love about photography and this is why I want to be a portrait photographer.

.... They have a lot of experience in the field of portrait photography that I can learn from. Studio lighting, working with people, and processing in Photoshop are some of the key areas where I can learn alot. I am very driven and I believe that every photo I take should be better than the last.

I am a dedicated photographer and an expert at Photoshop. I have won numerous photography competitions, been featured on the BBC website a number of times and attracted international clients. I have been using Photoshop for over 5 years designing international websites and editing commercial photography. For the past year I have been dealing with clients from all over the world on various large database driven websites. In my spare time I have been freelancing as a photographer covering numerous gigs and City of Culture events in Liverpool. On a good day I will take around 1000 photos, process them and have them viewable by the next morning.

Enclosed is my CV with some recent portrait and music photography. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
Peter Carr

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"and am a highly skilled user of photoshop" I think sounds better m8 not 'expert at photoshop'
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That's tons better.

>On a good day I will take around 1000 photos, process them and have them viewable by the next morning.< "I have a professional, efficient and effective workflow that enables a fast turnaround of images ready to meet deadlines" or something? Not sure if that works tbh (my suggestion I mean).
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Well this time I meant to post.

Pete, don't take this the wrong way but if I received your letter I possibly wouldn't even read the CV. Here's my reasoning, hopefully it's constructive.

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Yours sincerely
Firstly, the only time you use "Yours sincerely" is when you're addressing the letter to Mr(s) So and So. Otherwise it's Yours faithfully. Yours truly can also be used but not often.

Secondly make the letter personal. There will probably be a name in the advert, use it. Give them a call to introduce yourself before putting in the application.

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I am writing to apply for the position of Photographer at ..... I am currently a freelance photographer specialising in music and portrait photography.
I'd widen your scope along the lines of " I have many years experience of a wide range of photographic subjects. My particular specialities are....."

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Working as a portrait photographer is very interesting because it encorporates many styles of photography. You can use dramatic landscapes, industrial warehouses, or the simplest of household objects to create the right mood. It is much more than simply taking a photo of a person, it is all about creating the right look. Each person is different, each photograph is a new challenge to create that look, the right moment. This is what I love about photography and this is why I want to be a portrait photographer.
This shows a lot of passion but from an employers point of view it's not really telling me anything I don't already know, particularly if my business is about taking creative portraits.

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.... They have a lot of experience in the field of portrait photography that I can learn from. Studio lighting, working with people, and processing in Photoshop are some of the key areas where I can learn alot. I am very driven and I believe that every photo I take should be better than the last.
This is telling me who you're influences are which is fine, although potentially dangerous if the employer doesn't like Adams or Bresson. It's also saying to me though that there is a lot you don't know. i.e. studio lighting and photoshop.

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I am a dedicated photographer and an expert at Photoshop.
Mixed message, look at previous paragraph.

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I have won numerous photography competitions, been featured on the BBC website a number of times and attracted international clients.
Employer: Interesting, wonder what he's won and who he's been working with, can he bring any of them to me. If he can he's an asset. If he can't then why's he looking to work for me.
I don't think this really helps your cause, particularly if you're asked to demonstrate the work for those clients.

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I have been using Photoshop for over 5 years designing international websites and editing commercial photography.
Employer: I'm looking for a photographer, not a web designer.
This is fine in your CV but not the covering letter.

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For the past year I have been dealing with clients from all over the world on various large database driven websites. In my spare time I have been freelancing as a photographer covering numerous gigs and City of Culture events in Liverpool.
Employer: Interesting, he's obviously got some experience.

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On a good day I will take around 1000 photos, process them and have them viewable by the next morning.
You've got a good message here but you're not putting it across well. My first reaction was What about a bad day? Rephrase it, something like

"I'm used to working under pressure to meet challenging deadlines. This skill/experience is invaluable in the studio environment"

The whole purpose of the covering letter is to induce enough interest to get the employer to read the CV and hopefully he'll like what he sees in it.

Personally I'd go along the following lines, but it's only my opinion and I'm not entirely happy with it. It really isn't easy to get the letter right because of the lack of photographic history in the CV.

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Following my call to your Studio last Monday/Tuesday I would like to be considered for the position of ........, my CV is enclosed for your attention.

I am an experienced and successful freelance photographer, having covered a range of events from X to Y. My particular specialities are live events and portraiture. My style is influenced by many classic photographers (such as A/B) but adapted to suit my own requirements and those of the client. I firmly believe that every photograph I take should be better than the last one and continually driven to strive to achieve that objective.

I am accustomed to working within tight deadlines in a rapidly changing environment. In extreme situations this has involved taking, processing and presenting up to 1000 pictures to websites in a day. I am by necessity flexible in my approach, committed to the satisfaction of the customer and feel my talents would be ideally suited to the challenges of a high pressure studio environment.

I hope you will agree and look forward to speaking to you soon.

Yours sincerely"
Editted because I can't read sometimes :coat:

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Have to say i prefer Dods effort by a country mile !

This is a very important part of any application and should not be judged lightly.
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Have to say i prefer Dods effort by a country mile !

This is a very important part of any application and should not be judged lightly.
I totally agree. I've spent 2 days on it so far and I don't intend to send it till its 100% right. Its just so hard trying to write a letter when I have no real experience outside of freelancing a few odd jobs. I'm basically a web designer who found photography to provide a more meaningful and fullfilling way to earn money. I'll read over dod's tips tomorrow and try to merge the mine with his. I really apreciate the help guys I know I suck at this and its really what I need. Cheers
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Gah. Why are there websites on photography, on web design, cooking, etc and yet not many helpful ones on these sorta things. I looked at mine, looked at dod's, looked at mine, looked at dods. Deleted mine. I hope you don't mind if I use that version dod? I added an extra line. Its something that I've been asked before in interviews.

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Following my call to your Studio last <DAY> I would like to be considered for the position of <JOB>, my CV is enclosed for your attention.

I am an experienced and successful freelance photographer, having covered a range of events from Julliette Lewis (the star of Natural Born Killers) gig to various City of Culture events in Liverpool. My particular specialities are portraiture and live events. My style is influenced by many classic photographers (such as Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson) but adapted to suit my own requirements and those of the client. I firmly believe that every photograph I take should be better than the last one and I continually strive to achieve that objective. I do, however, appreciate that there are times where the client comes first over my progress as a photographer.

I am accustomed to working within tight deadlines in a rapidly changing environment. In extreme situations this has involved taking, processing and presenting up to 1000 pictures to websites in a day. I am by necessity flexible in my approach, committed to the satisfaction of the customer and feel my talents would be ideally suited to the challenges of a high pressure studio environment.

I hope you will agree and look forward to speaking to you soon.

Yours sincerely
I added the bit about clients needs over my own. I've been asked before what are my strengths and I've said I'm a perfectionist. This is not always a strength as the client should come first over any small issues I have with the work. I also feel like there are too many uses of the word "event" in the first paragraph, but I couldn't think of anything better. The thesuarus was a bit useless. As you say, the bit about who I admire could be detrimental. I might remove one of them an put in a local photographer. Someone modern, currently working in the industry.

When ringing companies, do I just say who I am and ask to speak to someone about applying for a job with them? The most experience I have with jobs is stupid agencies where you can't get personal with people because its all "Click here to apply".

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Old 11-10-2005, 14:37   #27 (permalink)
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Yeah Milou i think it does work, maybe tag the example of a 1000 shots onto the end of it to give an idea of scale?
Its always difficult with these sorts of things as it is 100% down to each individuals perception, but its looking good so far to me.
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Yeah Milou i think it does work, maybe tag the example of a 1000 shots onto the end of it to give an idea of scale?
Its always difficult with these sorts of things as it is 100% down to each individuals perception, but its looking good so far to me.
Yer that's in the new version.
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Round of applause for dod for going to the time and trouble of reading, rewriting and explaining his reasons there. Well done sir!
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Round of applause for dod for going to the time and trouble of reading, rewriting and explaining his reasons there. Well done sir!
Aye. I took my time and I couldn't come up with something half as good
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