This week Henry and Aodhan talked about creating cover letters, portfolios and showreels. These are the points Henry made about cover letters.

Cover letters 

  • A cover letter is a page long document that complements your CV 
  • It should include info about yourself, relevant experience and why you are suitable for the role 
  • Name and contact details should be in the upper right 
  • Do not send the same cover letter to a different company as you can accidentally forget to change the name. 
  • Highlight key points that appeal to the key points the company is looking for 

 

The first section:

  • Why are you applying? 
  • What position are you applying for? 
  • Where you heard about the job 
  • Do you have contact in the studio? 

 

The second section:

  • What you have to offer 
  • Make sure you explain how your qualifications match the requirements 
  • Use your best work/experience from your CV with additional detail as examples 
  • Be clear and specific

 

The third section:

  • Thank your employer for considering you 
  • Mention that you are looking forward to hearing back from your employer 
  • End with “Sincerely”, “Best regards”, “Kind regards”, etc. 

 

 

Emailing your employer 

  • Follow instructions on the advertised job (specific format) 
  • Specify the subject 
  • Customise your email for each employer 
  • Use professional email account (no code names or inappropriate names) 
  • Proofread the email and get someone else to read it 

  

 

Making a Portfolio 

Things to remember: 

  • Art first 
  • Only include your best work. Quality over quantity 
  • Focus your portfolio (think about the role and the company you want) 
  • Think about the practicality of your work 
  • Role in the pipeline 
  • Easy navigation 
  • Show your progress not unfinished work 
  • Keep it up to date 
  • Contact info 
  • Use ArtStation for the portfolio as it is easy to navigate, and most people know how to use it  

 

 

Making a Showreel 

  • Bookend your showreel. Name, contact info and role 
  • Best work at the start 
  • 1-2 minutes 
  • Edit to the music, make sure it is copyright free 
  • Trim the fat (get rid of any work that is not your best) 
  • Focus (think about the role and company you want) 
  • Test audience (show friends and family, get their feedback) 
  • Show your progress but don’t feature it (start with the final render and then show the process) 
  • Credit each shot properly (if it is group work make sure you say what you did on the project) 

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