Dazzle and amaze we asked; promise to fulfill our wildest dreams we said. So, what did we receive?
The Importance of a Cover Letter
So in our quest to find “The Best Web Designer in Town” we’ve come across many a cover letter, some awesome, others…not so awesome. Below are some snippets of my favorites. If you’re one of them, don’t worry, the names are hidden to protect the innocent and the guilty.
Now my purpose for this post is to enlighten possible employee prospects, for us or elsewhere, as to what a great cover letter consists of (in my mind). We did mention that we wanted folks to send us the “world’s greatest cover letter”.
Quick Tip: Take your time to read the employers site; get a feel for their personalities. See a blog? Read it & comment on something you read.
Bring in the Clowns
This one was a gem and instantly got us all giddy. Loved the intro…
When I saw you put out the call for a kick-ass web designer, I couldn’t resist throwing my hat in the ring.
And she continued on with…
When it comes to design, you could call me obsessed. I prefer the term “enthusiastic”. My creativity, strong work ethic and confident approach to client interactions would bring a lot to your team. I would love to work with designers and developers who really “get it”.
Nice Follow Through
Now the intro alone let us know that he took the time to read through our site to learn who we’re made up of…
Hi, Guys (and Gal) of OnWired –
Sorry for the delay; I intended to go straight from the job post to this email, but I noticed the posts about ExpressionEngine and “Web Development Workflow That Works” (thanks for those, by the way.) Next thing I know, half an hour had passed – but I had some new info to go along with a couple of new bookmarks and downloads.
His follow up covered our “does this guy lack focus” question rather quickly…
I realize that might give the impression that I lack focus, but I’ll put spin on it by saying that I’m a designer who isn’t afraid to venture into the backend from time to time. Anyway, on to something less innuendo…ish…
I do have a BFA in Graphic Design, and can’t live without Illustrator (okay, maybe I could – but why would you want to)? While I’ll labor over a single point in Illustrator, or pixel in Photoshop, I’m also able to think about a project in “big picture” terms (hopefully coming up with solutions for problems that might not have popped up until later). Grids and negative space get me excited.
Subject Line: You Guys Rock!
I guess flattery does get you somewhere.
My wife and daughter are asleep so I can’t talk too loudly, but I just saw your website… Holy shit! I was beginning think moving from Australia was a bad idea, and yet there you are, someone actually gets it.
I’m in Manhattan, it’s going to take me a few days to get down there. I’ll be bringing my own copies of Coda, Transmit, Photoshop (etc), my 23” Cinema Display, and more talent than you can use. This is going to be great.
We May Have Saved This One a Move to Texas
Okay, so this wasn’t part of a cover letter but this fella is interviewing with a firm in Texas. He’s East Coast based now and I’m actually talking with him tonight at 6pm for our own little “get to know you” chat. After reading over our site, he shot the following…
And although we were interested in moving back to Austin, we’re not averse to looking elsewhere. I have to say that the A-team reference, seeing Pink Martini in your albums widget, and the fact that me and my wife were laughing all night browsing the OnWired site makes me very interested in hearing from you. I’ve also been very interested in working with EE, and more than anything – developers who work around clean, semantic code
So there’s a few examples of some great letter’s we’ve received. The next one was, how should I say it…very creative. Kind of reminds me of the rap web design video that’s so popular on YouTube.
Last but not least, the poem…
To Tony and all of the others concerned, Explain to you, you’ve said to me. My love affair with pixels and why this job’s for me. A salesman I’m not, I’d be quick to agree. In fact I might boast, that job just is not me. I have knowledge of much. And many skills too, a chance is all I ask of you. Others seem to know one thing, they tackle but one task. I can do more than one thing, A chance is all I ask. I know how to work and work I don’t shirk. I must know what needs doing and why I’m afraid. Because that’s the way in which I was made. The promise I could make to you. Would be to do the best that I could do.
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