Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter was a real struggle for me, not knowing what I want to do meant I didn’t know which role to write about never mind where was I applying. For the mock interview we had to make belief a job we were applying therefore I applied for a generalist. See below;

Hi!

My name is Aisling McElroy; I’m an animation student in Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art. I’m currently looking for a six to ten month placement in the coming months. Please find attached a link to my website where you can find out a little bit more about who I am, my portfolio and my showreel.

I consider myself to be a hard working individual and a key team member that is willing to take initiative when needed. I would love to further develop the skills I’ve learnt and gain more experience in the animation industry by (hopefully) joining your company. I feel like the smaller details are always the most important which pushes me to have an interest in set design, pre and post production, animation, cg modeling, pretty much a taste for all aspects of the development of a project. I would welcome any opportunity to meet and be grateful for a chance to show you my work and give you a better taste of who I am and what I can bring to you. I’m excited to hear back from you!

Thanks,

Aisling

After the mock interview in a meeting with Sixteen South, Colin and Michelle mentioned production management and explained the role and what it entailed.  They thought I would be good at it, and after telling us about their production manager Megan it seemed that we were both very similar, personality and work ethic wise. I got the chance to meet with her in our last meeting and she told me more about the role. I’m still figuring out the industry roles and where I think I would like to go but production management is definitely something I’ll be looking into the only downfall is I won’t be able to create things and animate but there is always the option of personal work.

Cover Letter research and Getting a url

Writing a good cover letter is extremely important. A cover letter is usually the first bit of contact, the first taste of YOU the employer reads. A cover letter allows you to target the job and employer that advertised. It should explain as to why you should be employed, why you want to work for them and why you’re the best fit. Below are some more informative website articles I found researching what and how a cover letter should be written;

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/what-makes-a-great-cover-letter-according-to-companies/

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/covering-letter-examples

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters

http://www.monster.co.uk/career-advice/article/why-tailoring-the-cover-letter-is-critical

https://www.studentjob.co.uk/info/seven-tips-for-writing-a-good-cover-letter

A few points where mentioned in class;

  • Personalized to each company
  • Dear [insert carefully researched name here]
  • I love your work on “insert film/game/etc. here”
  • ‘I like doing this’. Show the company what aspects of the industry that you are interested in.
  • I would be a good fit for your company because…

So our next big thing was to create our own website! Or to get a move on anyway with it. Using Weebly I created this;

http://460182807297809401.weebly.com/

It still needs a lot of work but it’s a starting point…