Think you don’t have to bother with your cover letter if you’ve created the perfect animation CV, demo reel and portfolio? Think again! Your cover letter is your chance to explain why you’re the perfect candidate for this particular animation role – so it’s definitely still worth submitting.
Not sure where to start? Don’t panic! On this page we’ve listed our top Dos and Don’ts for animation cover letters.
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If you’re applying for this animation job alongside hundreds of other candidates, it’s always a good idea to try and make your cover letter as personal as possible to give the employer an insight into who you are as an individual and what makes you unique. With that in mind; it’s definitely worth addressing your cover letter to the most relevant contact you can find and including a line about what you like about this particular company and what made you apply for the role – for example, it could be the prospect of working for an established animation house or the fact they’ve got a fantastic client base such as A, B and C. On top of showing off your personality, comments like this also show that you’ve done your research and that you’re really serious about this job.
Create A Theme:
When it comes to your animation job applications, you’re going to have lots of different elements that you need to submit – mainly your CV, cover letter, portfolio, demo reel and/or a sample sheet – so it’s a good idea to choose a design theme and stick to it throughout. For instance, it’s definitely worth choosing one font, a few simple formatting rules eg. double spacing and a few simple graphics – and ensuring all of your documents follow these guidelines. This should help to give your application a clear identity and will demonstrate that you’ve got strong attention to detail.
Name Drop Your Best Work:
Although your best work will be mentioned on your CV and included in your portfolio and demo reel, it’s still worth name dropping it in your cover letter too. Why? Because your cover letter is the first thing that an employer will probably look at so if you can name your best work which is also the most relevant eg. any animation projects you’ve worked on which they’ve specifically mentioned in the job ad, there’s a good chance they’ll be tempted into looking at your CV and the rest of your application.
Use Flowery Language:
Passionate? Committed? Enthusiastic? You might be – but so is everyone else who’s applying for that animation vacancy! It’s highly likely that an employer won’t read every line of your cover letter so you need to make the language that you choose count. Ditch any generic job application words or phrases and instead try to focus on language which describes you as an individual and makes you stand out from the crowd. If in doubt, ask a few former colleagues who’ll be able to give you an honest opinion and could come up with the perfect adjectives.
Get Too Creative:
OK, so you’re an animator and you love to draw and build things – but you really need to resist the urge to get too creative with your cover letter. Why? Because your cover letter is there to paint a picture of who you are as an animator (not literally!) and to state why an employer should consider you – so it’s important to focus on the content within your cover letter, rather than the design. As we mentioned before, it’s OK to include a few design elements, but you don’t want to distract an employer with too many images if you’ve come up with a really compelling argument as to why they should hire you in your cover letter.
Copy Your CV:
If you’re not sure what to put in your animation cover letter, it can be really tempting to just copy your CV – but you really need to avoid this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the employer will have a copy of your CV anyway. And secondly, if you send in two documents which are practically the same, the employer might think that you don’t have anything else to say. In your cover letter, pick out your key skills and your top projects from your CV – and then go on to explain how these relate to the role you’re applying for and why you want to work for that company.
Dear Mr. Gross
My name is Paulina Maxwell and I have a deep interest in your position for a 3D animator. There is no doubt in my mind that I have all the criteria you want in a team player innovative solutions fast thinking technical skill and a passion for creating worlds out of nothing.
My path as a 3D animator has been exciting. In school I did everything from storyboarding student film projects to creating shorts for organisations and training materials. This was a direct extension of my love of animation indulging in everything from Bugs Bunny to anime. I believe all of it has been instrumental in seeing the best ways to execute original and fascinating concepts as an animator without sacrificing time or money. I am comfortable with modelling rigging character design environments writing editing and more. While a team player my experiences have put me at any point in the process including producing entire productions in my private studio.
I have enclosed my resume which highlights my tenues at Rocket Pictures and T-3D. It also lists several of my solo projects which I would love to share with you. I would appreciate a chance to sit down and talk about being your next 3D animator.