Post # 1
I am about to graduate (design related field) and have a contact in a company in a branch of the industry I studied and am interested in working in. I have been asked to send my CV and portfolio to this contact who will pass my information on.
My CV is complete, although if anyone wants to look over it I’d be grateful as it has an unusual design (but I’m applying for a creative job so I think it works); it does not include much industry specific experience (because I don’t have any) but does include relevant experience (though doesn’t say how this experience is relevant). It’s also not specifically tailored to a job as I’m not applying for one just to the company so don’t want it too design specific.
The most relevant thing is that I am extremely interested in this part of the industry and even did my dissertation on pretty much the same thing, as well as another paper that is very relevant. As such I wonder whether to include this in/with my cover letter, either just as mention or include the full document (as SO who’s in the same field thinks I should) since I don’t have a “portfolio” as such (although I do have a website with pictures of some of my design work).
ETA: forgot one of the major reasons I came to ask *facepalm* – in six weeks I am moving and my address will change to near where the company is (like, in the same country) should I include both or one address on my letter? As in “as of 07/04 I will be residing at…”
Briefly: what should I include in my cover letter? Any help would be great 🙂
Post # 3
First of all, I’m not sure how good of a CV reviewer I would be (particularly because I’m in the U.S.), but you can forward it to me if you like! I don’t work in HR, but I do work in higher ed and have assisted in hiring other people. I would certainly include your dissertation information on there! That’s something, I think, they would be very interested in, and shows your specialization.
I might also bring in a “portfolio” that includes work you did in school as well as from your website- just be honest about the content of that portfolio. I would include both addresses in your letter as well.
In my cover letters, I broke it down into: Introduction (I’m excited about the opportunity for x job, I have x, x, and x skills), next paragraph describe how your skills/ experience are related to main part of job, and maybe the next paragraph describe a different skill set OR maybe how university studies/ experiences (any internships, etc.) are related to the position. End with a short concluding paragraph summarizing your skills.
You might also see if your university has a career services office to assist you- I believe this is more common in the U.S. than in the U.K. however.
I hope this helps! I wish you the best of luck in your job search.
Post # 4
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definitely include that you will be moving to the area, but there are some problems with even that. I am moving in a few days, and Mr Elk has been looking for a new job in that location. His resume had our current address and in his cover letter he put that we wouldbe moving so did not require moving expenses to be covered. He got some calls, but not many. THen, we found an apartment and he changed his address on his resume and he has gotten A TON more calls. So I would consider just putting your email address and phone number on your resume without your current addres..