A professional portfolio can help you find success.
People of many career fields, including writers, graphic designers, photographers, painters, educators and any job that requires writing or artistic skills, would benefit from a professional portfolio. When you send a copy of your portfolio to a potential client or employer, you need to include a cover letter. This letter should explain who you are, why you’re interested in working with or for the recipient and what is contained in the portfolio.
1. Type your name at the top of the cover letter. Add your contact information below your name. Be sure to include your address, phone number and email address to make it easier for the recipient to contact you.
2. Add a professional greeting to your cover letter. If you know the name of the recipient, use it, such as “Dear Ms. Smith.” If you do not know the name of the recipient, use a general greeting, such as “Hello” or “Dear Hiring Manager.”
3. Start your first paragraph by stating your profession and the objective of your cover letter. Also, note that you have included your portfolio for review. For example, “My name is Joe Johnson. I am a professional graphic designer, and I’d love the opportunity to work with your design department as a freelancer. As you can see from my enclosed portfolio, I have extensive experience in logo and website design.”
4. State some of your specific qualifications in the second paragraph. Reference items that can be found in your portfolio, and give details about the project. For example, you might explain which design program was used to create a certain portfolio item or which company you were working for when you wrote the press releases that can be found in your writing portfolio.
5. Thank the recipient for reviewing your portfolio and for considering working with you. State when you are available to talk about your qualifications in more detail.
6. End the cover letter with a professional closing, such as “Sincerely.” Type your name a few lines below the closing. You’ll sign your name in that space once the cover letter is printed out.
7. Type “Enclosure (1),” referring to your portfolio, below your typed name.