Cover letter

  • Marianna Neofitou

    Actor

    Hi,

    I need help in what to put in the cover letter when applying for jobs.

    I have applied for a few and had no response, I am beginning to think it could be my cover letters letting me down!! Any tips??

    Many Thanks!

    • 28th Mar 2021
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    People don't reply, don't worry about it!

    Keep it brief, keep it relevant,stress any special skills that are useful in that particular application. Assure them that you are available for the dates listed put in something to show that you've actually read all the advert, that it's not a stock application.

    If you can get a showreel up and a few more photo's people will be able to see you better, for example show some of you dancing.

    Good luck

    • 1st Oct 2013
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    how should i address the company? Do i say 'Dear Sir/Madam' or do i say 'Dear Company Name'

    • 28th Oct 2015
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  • Brian Croucher

    Actor

    Hi Cover Letter

    An interesting idea for which I am available. I have the typing skills you require I also attach my showreel so you can see who you are considering for for this project .

    Many Thanks once more.

    Brian Croucher

    • 28th Oct 2015
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  • User Deleted

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    So you say hi to the name of the company ideally ? I'm just stuck because I read that they hate being called sir/madam

    • 28th Oct 2015
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  • Brian Croucher

    Actor

    I do as I believe in being as personal as possible, after all we are in a communications industry not say accountancy. You are meant to make yourself as attractive as you can to the purchaser.Your commodity is just yourself your skills and talents. Always tell the truth otherwise you may come unstuck like some........Bon Chance BC

    • 28th Oct 2015
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    Thank you very much !

    • 28th Oct 2015
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  • Vicki Glover

    Actor

    I've heard that people don't like Dear Sir/Madam - but I always use it and have had no problems :) if there's a name available on the casting I will use that, but it's uncommon on CCP. Hope that helps a bit and doesn't jut confuse the issue lol x

    • 29th Oct 2015
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  • Michael Tucker

    Voice Over:American - Standard

    Is there a template for a solid cover letter for people new to the industry?

    • 29th Apr 2020
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  • Shane Harper

    Actor

    Hi Michael,

    Personally I think all cover letters should be different, they do not however have to be long. I also say dear 'company name', so that they know you are addressing whoever it is that is reading the email and understand you have seen the company of the casting.

    Id like to be considered for the role of 'insert role' - again here you could put anything that you think is relevant eg - I am trained in horseback riding or I have played a similar role before or have a certain skill they ask for. If there is nothing they are particularly asking for you can just say where you are based .

    Thats about it! It might not be a perfect format but most of the time they are looking at your photo, cv, and any uploaded self tapes or recordings rather than assessing your ability to formally structure a business email. As long as it is spelt correctly then I am sure it will be fine.

    • 29th Apr 2020
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  • Michael Tucker

    Voice Over:American - Standard

    Outstanding! Thank you Shane.

    • 29th Apr 2020
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  • Matthew Wyn Davies

    Actor

    Thank you for this!

    • 13th Aug 2020
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    I literally just write my relevant skill set and leave it at that. They don't want or need essay they just need to know you can do the job. Unless the click on your application they can only see the first couple of lines anway so get the necessary info straight out there. They will be more interested in your headshot and CV first and foremost.

    • 13th Aug 2020
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  • Andrea Gould

    Actor

    That's useful information, thanks!

    • 13th Aug 2020
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  • Andrew Gruffudd

    Actor

    Because...

    Very useful word, because, because... well, exactly. There was a study done at some university somewhere sometime in the last century or so (I can't be bothered to look up the exact details, because like Halley's Comet it only comes around every so often and I'm not an astronomer. And, like me, it's too damned hot), whereby some students cut in line at a photocopy machine, to the general opprobrium of the queue. There was much in the way of apology for the intrusion, lest the opprobrium turn into a strongly worded letter to the Times or, even worse, a violent stare or, Heaven forfend, an outbreak of tutting, but those whose apologies included an explanation with the word "because" in it, there was some chance of being able to photocopy something other than their face held down by a bovver boot.

    And so it is, that if you include because in your application, there's a slightly greater chance that what comes after the word will be taken seriously. And even if there is nothing after but a full stop, the casting director might look upon your literary chutzpah and be intrigued. I mean, if he's got nothing better to do, and if said literary chutzpah fits the character you are applying for.

    Because there are very few casting directors whose calling is accountancy.

    • 18th Aug 2020
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  • Tamzin Dunstone

    Actor

    Andrew, I’m going to try that.......because I have nothing to lose!

    Beautifully written post! Makes such a lovely change.

    • 21st Aug 2020
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  • Andrew Gruffudd

    Actor

    Aye, lass, a can pen a mean'un when the muse is upon me. And it seems she was upon me demanding never-you-mind when I wrote it - although I don't see what's so crude about money with menaces that it has to be Bowdlerised. Or is that the tax-man? Anyway, the tax-man doesn't know about the novel wot I rote, because it seems neither does anyone else (sob).

    Anyway, Tamzin, thank you for your praise - and I hope the top tip life hack thingie does you good, because I like to see other people succeed as well.

    • 21st Aug 2020
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    Are you looking for the best job application letter format​? If yes then go through HRhelpboard.com where we have posted a guide of writing the best & effective job application letter format

    • 17th Nov 2020
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  • Sharon Ferster

    Actor

    I just came across this topic as I also was wondering how a cover letter should be written. My view is they get hundreds and hundreds of applications and I doubt they even read the cover letter, they just want to see a showreel or cv. I wrote the bare minimum . Interesting post though

    • 17th Dec 2020
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  • Siti Fazrena

    Actor

    I always start my cover letter with Hello! It's less formal and more friendly and approachable. I type each one from scratch and make it sound like me. If its not something I wouldn't say normally, I don't put it in. They can tell if it's been copied and pasted and they can tell when you're being you. Be straight to the point and don't faffle on. And the length doesn't matter as long as you've submitted enough information. Just "talk" to them - they're people too!

    Hope this helps.

    • 19th Dec 2020
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