1. Always include a cover letter and attach a resume when contacting the company
The first thing potential employers look for when they receive your information is your resume and cover letter. They want to see if you have any relevant prior experience or education in the field in which you are applying, and how that experience translates into the position you’re looking to fill. For all they know, this could be your first job. They want to be able to look at your experience at a glance and know if you are a valuable lead that is worth pursuing.
2. Submit a reference letter if you do not have any previous experience
3. Do your research about the company
You will appear very professional and prepared if you know the background information of the company to which you are applying. Knowing this information can also help you determine if you would be a good fit for that particular company. Read about the owner, and find out how and why he or she created their company. Determine what makes them stand out, and why you would want to work for them above another company.
4. Never contact the company through The Knot (or any other outside website)
5. When writing a cover letter, include the following two items:
You should include information about your educational background, as well as your professional background, if it is relevant. Tell your employer where you went to college, if you have a degree (and what you studied), any relevant training programs or internships you’ve completed, and also prior work experience. However, do not just list this information (that’s what your resume is for). Use the cover letter to explain how those educational or professional experiences prepared you for this position, and how they will translate into the job.
Why you think the company is a good fit for you
Potential employers want to know why you think you belong with their company. They want to know what you can bring to the table, and how their company will benefit from having you on their team. This point goes along with #3 (do your research) – if you’ve done your research, and you know what the company stands for and what their philosophy is, then you should be able to determine how and why you are a good fit. If you do not believe you are a good fit, then simply do not apply.
6. You do not need to mention that you have a passion for weddings
We all love weddings – that’s a given. Potential employers want to know if you’re a good worker, and what type of skills you have that will benefit you in that position. Tell them why you think you’re a good fit, and what you can bring to the table.
7. Be aware of the fact that you will (most likely) not be able to get hired into a full-time position with a planning company