While you might refer to letters written by others to get ideas of the best approach, it’s always a terrible idea to copy a letter written by someone else.Your goal should be to develop your own style of writing that makes you and your qualifications shine.The more letters you write, the easier it gets and the better you will become at it.I like to use the word in discussing what should go into a cover letter. It isn’t necessarily a set of hard and fast rules but it does include a few: no misspellings, no grammatical errors, includes your contact information, your signature, and so forth.As with the regular job market, organizations are looking for the best candidates.It’s not enough to be good, you need to be and you must communicate this fact to the Hiring Manager.There are many resources for these statistics online but you notice discrepancies so be sure to keep track of where you get your numbers from, in case you are asked.
Before you sit down to write a great cover letter to get you that record label internship, you will need to do some research.
Consider arming yourself with the following information about a label or any organization you would apply to: Armed with your research on the company (or companies) you are interested in for your internship, you will be much better prepared to apply and interview for the position.
Keep in mind an internship is no different than a job, besides the opportunity to earn course credit.
You will be competing with others who may be equally or better qualified so you will want to put your best foot forward at every step of the process.(In a future article I will address the different types of music industry internships available, what they offer, what to expect, and what to watch out for or avoid.
For this article I will focus mainly on writing your cover letter.) If I have 300 letters, chances are I won’t read most of them completely to the end. That means I will screen out five of six letters initially without reading them completely, based on the visual impression the letter makes, plus any obvious mistakes.