When writing your production assistant cover letter, focus on how you can help create quality media for the company that posted the job. Also, emphasize relevant skills like video editing, equipment setup, and cross-team coordination.

This guide will help you write a cover letter that gets you interviews for your next job as a production assistant.

Production Assistant Cover Letter Templates and Examples

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How To Write a Production Assistant Cover Letter

Your production assistant cover letter should usually have five sections, in this order:

1. Heading

At the top of the page, include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The date
  • The recipient’s name, title, company, and contact information (when available)

(Note: Feel free to omit this section if you send your letter by email and your contact details are part of your signature.)

Example


Hazel Reid
123 Your Street, Austin, TX 72345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

January 29, 2024

Mx. Taylor Gibbons
Hiring Manager
QVS Sports Media
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]

2. Salutation

If you can’t find the recipient’s name, use a variation of “Dear Hiring Manager.”

Examples


Dear Mr. Johnson:

Dear VBE Media Hiring Manager:

3. “Hook” or introduction

Catch the reader’s attention by citing an achievement from your resume or a key credential the production company seeks in applicants.

Example


For the past seven years, I’ve expertly tracked the development and production of pre-recorded segments on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” I’m thrilled by the prospect of applying my skills to your new production assistant opening.

4. Body paragraph(s)

Explain why you’re a good fit for the job or organization. Then, cite a few more of your key achievements or qualifications, possibly using bullet points.

Example


A sports-focused post-production assistant, I have a strong background in outdoor adventure and professional football coverage. My experience includes projects with Netflix, HBO, and two major TV networks. Below are three highlights from my education and career to date:

  • Achieved 100% factual accuracy while generating displays of various player and team information
  • Facilitated HBO’s production of the NFL documentary “Hard Knocks.” Traveled with the crew and NFL team for joint practices and preseason games
  • Graduated with honors from one of the top-ranking film schools

5. Closing

Finally, request an interview for the position.

Example


I’d welcome the chance to discuss my skills with you further. Please call or email me to arrange an interview. I’ll follow up with you soon to confirm you received my resume and see if you have any initial questions. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Webster

Production Assistant Cover Letter Tips

1. Show you can help produce quality content

Start your letter strong with a clear example of your success as a production assistant. For instance, maybe you won an award for quickly editing TV segments in post-production. Or maybe you’ve been recognized for helping effectively manage crowds during high-profile film shoots.

Example


During my past three years as a production assistant for the NFL, I’ve been praised for delivering top-quality headshots, action shot cutouts, motion, and still graphics. I’d love to bring that same level of excellence to your advertised production assistant role.

2. Explain why you’re drawn to the opportunity

On a separate document or sheet of paper, take 10 minutes to brainstorm why this production job or company interests you. For example, maybe it’s in cable news, similar to your recent experience. Or maybe it focuses on extra registration and support, an area you’d like to pursue further.

When you’re done brainstorming, review your notes: Do any stand out as important or persuasive? Take another 10 minutes to brainstorm and elaborate on them. Repeat this process until you have two or three concise sentences that speak to the job opening. By adding these to your cover letter, you can show hiring managers you read their job posting and are responding to it directly.

Example


I have five-plus years of combined experience in reality and primetime TV, and full-length feature films. In addition to “Real Housewives,” these include “Stranger Things” (Netflix), “Lady and the Tramp” (Disney), and “Jumanji 2” (Columbia Pictures). Through this experience, I’ve built a reputation for outstanding time management, team collaboration, camera equipment handling, and audio-video editing.

3. Highlight your other production skills

Add a short list of bullet points to show your success in other key work areas for a production assistant, like equipment setup or cross-team coordination.

Example


Below are three highlights from my career to date:

  • Successfully pitched, researched, and obtained legal clearances for guest segments
  • Trained and delegated work to five junior production assistants
  • Served in place of assistant producers for as long as one week at a time

Production Assistant Text-Only Cover Letter Templates and Examples

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Jeremy Webster
123 Capitol Street, Atlanta, GA | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Thursday, September 29, 2024

Hiring Manager
VBE Media, Inc.
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]

Dear VBE Media Hiring Manager:

During my past three years as a post-production assistant for Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” I’ve been consistently praised for my efficiency and expertise in editing video and audio segments. I hope to bring that same standard of excellence to your advertised Production Assistant role.

I have five-plus years of combined experience in reality TV, primetime TV, and full-length feature films. In addition to “Real Housewives,” these include “Stranger Things” (Netflix), “Lady and the Tramp” (Disney), and “Jumanji 2” (Columbia Pictures). Through this experience, I’ve built a reputation for outstanding time management, team collaboration, camera equipment handling, and audio-video editing.

On my enclosed resume, you will find a detailed overview of how I’ve built and applied these skills toward successful entertainment productions. In particular, I’d refer you to the most recent job description (Post-Production Assistant, Bravo), which gives a good preview of the level of quality and efficiency I’d bring to your organization.

I’d welcome the chance to discuss my skills with you further. Please call or email me to arrange an interview. I’ll follow up with you soon to confirm you received my resume and see if you have any initial questions. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Webster

Production Assistant Cover Letter Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need a cover letter for my job search?-

Yes, in most cases. Job postings today usually require or allow you to send a cover letter along with your resume. While not every hiring manager reads or prioritizes them, a well-crafted letter can only help you stand out from other applicants. It will also help you clarify what points to emphasize during the interview.

What’s the most important part of a cover letter?-

Any explanation you give for why the specific job opening or employer interests you. These details distinguish the cover letter from your resume and other application materials and can help you get past applicant tracking systems. They also set the stage for a good interview discussion about how you fit the role and the company’s work culture.

How long should my cover letter be?-

No more than one page, or around 250 words. Hiring managers expect an applicant’s cover letter to be shorter than their resume, so keep it concise. Focus on work highlights, and resist the urge to tell your whole career story. Give just enough detail to pique hiring managers’ interest so they take a closer look at your resume.

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