Division: Corporate West Elm
45 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dear Hiring Manager,
I am writing in response to a job posting seeking for a Junior Digital Designer.
I am an up and coming graphic designer with a Bachelors in Communication Design. I specialize in bringing visions to life. Whether it’s brainstorming or seeking for inspiration in everyday life, I am able to execute innovative ideas to reach end goals.
I think you’ll find that I am very versatile when it comes to everything design. My qualifications include extensive knowledge in Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Lightroom 5.6 and Adobe Premiere CC. I am a kerning whiz with an eye for details. I am currently a freelancer doing projects across all mediums, including print, web, and mobile. I help up and coming businesses with their brand identity, including logos, business cards, and stationary needs. I also design visually appealing posters, do freelance photography, and other design projects.
I am eager to learn and grow with every given task. My objective is to establish your company’s web identity along with strong team members. If you are looking for a conceptual, flexible, and adaptable individual to represent the values your company has thrived on, then I ask you to consider this application.
Thank you for your time.
My qualifications include a Bachelors of Technology in communication design. I am bilingual- fluent in English and Spanish. I have extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud- which includes programs such as Adobe Photoshop CS7, Adobe illustrator CS7, and Adobe InDesign CS7. Skills include photo retouching, color correction, strong typographic sense, vector imaging, packaging design and logo creation. My areas of interest are all things design including portrait and landscape photography with comprehension in studio lighting and basic knowledge of all modes of video production- pre production, production, and post production. Other non-design related skills include knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. I am able to take initiative and work with tight deadlines. I am also highly conceptual. I am seeking an entry level position in a graphic design firm or ad agency as a graphic designer. Specifically a jr. or assistant graphic designer. My professional goals include doing a lot of freelance work to build clientele. Once I have established a name in my field I’d like to become a creative director. Possibly, one day become a professor at a college or university. I am most interested in working with contemporary organizations with a highly creative workspace.
Employers in my field are looking for creative individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a graphic design related field. Companies are mainly looking for individuals knowledgeable in Adobe creative cloud. Employers stress knowing different mediums is a must. Being able to work on anything from a mobile app to a magazine spread to a website banner is what makes you versatile, and the more versatile you are the more prominent and useful your skills become to the company. Besides design skills they’re looking for applicants with good written and verbal communication skills for communicating with clients, colleagues and employers. They stress time management skills as a lot of projects have to be executed in a certain time frame. Positions available for a recent graduate are limited to jr. and assistant graphic designers. We’d help higher up designers conceptualize and weed out through bad ideas, then help with execution by working or smaller projects. When applying to these jobs, a resume and a strong portfolio are musts. While at City Tech, My knowledgeable professors have helped me fine-tune my skills. I also enjoy that the school offers a segment called ‘Meet the Pros’ where professionals from the design world visit the school and speak about their life as designers/artists. It lets us as students and designers know a bit about the potential hardships we may go through and also how to build contacts. This semester I’m learning how to build concepts to potentially run campaigns. It’s a bit different from my other classes due to the fact that the professor consciously chose to not let students touch the computers but instead focus on the ideas themselves, whether it be drafting, sketching, or content planning. I am hoping I will be able to get an internship or two before landing an actual job.
Upon searching through websites like indeed and glass door I received a glimpse into what my future employees will require of me. Almost all of the organizations required that the applicant have at least a bachelor’s degree in a field related to graphic design. Employers required that all interested applicants also have knowledge on how to fully operate Adobe Suite programs such as Adobe Photoshop CS6+, Adobe Illustrator CS6+, and Adobe InDesign CS6+. Understandably they also required people with energetic and naturally creative personalities, they wanted problem solvers and people who were keen on attention to details. Considering the design world is all about attention to detail, I wasn’t really surprised. They also required a resume and also a portfolio of past work.
I firmly believe that by the time I am done receiving my education at city tech I will be able to enter the job market and put my skills to the test. So far I’ve had knowledgeable professors whom have helped me fine-tune my skills. My professors are blunt, and in a way it’s exactly what I need. Life after college wont be filled with people trying to sugarcoat things, especially in a professional setting. I also enjoy that the school offers a segment called ‘Meet the Pros’ where professionals from the design world visit the school and speak about their life as designers/artists. It lets us as students and designers know a bit about the potential hardships we may go through and also how to build contacts. This semester I’m learning how to build concepts to potentially run campaigns. Its a bit different from my other classes due to the fact that the professor consciously chose to not let students touch the computers but instead focus on the ideas themselves, whether it be drafting, sketching, or content planning. I am hoping I will be able to get an internship or two before landing an actual job.
My name is Katherine Pena, I am 21 yrs. old and a junior at New York City College of Technology. My experience at City Tech has led to some ups and downs, but I believe that so far I have been exposed to a variety of amazing professors who’ve helped me rekindle my love for everything design! My interests are mainly graphic design, photography, writing, baseball, cinematography, and lastly browsing the internet. If I’m not at school or dabbling on the adobe suite programs, I am working at Yankee Stadium. I’ve loved the Yankees and baseball in general since I was a kid, so working in a stadium filled with energy and diehard fans is always a good time. I am not really a fan of other sports but I will watch the occasional basketball game. Most of my past couple of summers (as well as spring and early fall) was spent at the stadium, and of course the earnings went to buying things such as my new SDLR and computer. Oddly enough I have a twin sister who shares almost my exact same interests. She’s also a communication design major.
Before design became my passion, I dreamed of being a writer. When I was in the 6th grade, I wrote stories on the internet for fun and sometimes for feedback. Due to those stories I became interested in fan art and later stumbled upon the world of design. I then began experimenting on paintshop pro and Photoshop. Although those designs were hideously ugly, I knew it was I wanted to do. Although, I’d like to think I’ve gotten better by now! Now, writing is something I like to do on my free time. I admire authors who are able to beautifully bring an idea to life with great execution. As a writer, I believe my strengths would have to be for the most part my spelling and organizing and developing logical ideas. My weaknesses are most definitely failing to write a thorough conclusion and also introducing my ideas in my introduction. Unfortunately, I tend to have poor time management, mostly focusing on my body paragraphs, and often ending my essays abruptly.
What I enjoy most about writing would have to be character development. Creating versatile characters with completely different identities is very fun. What I dislike about writing would have to be failing at accurately transitioning your thoughts onto paper. It’s very easy to lose track of your thought process or even go off the rail completely. My background with technology is fairly intermediate since most of my interests include using a computer or other technological devices. I use to be an IT intern in high school and we learned how to properly identify computer components/hardware. When it comes to software I am fairly knowledge with adobe programs and some Microsoft programs such as windows. I’d really like to learn more about other Microsoft programs. I believe technical writing would have to do with business writing like resumes or office documents most likely drafted on computers. My expectations for this course would have to be to learn about the business aspect of writing (resumes, coverletters,etc) and how to properly create them.